NYT: Fukushima plant leaking for past 2 years? Japan Times: Groundwater is reaching sea — Reuters: Growing alarm, problems mounting — Official: If you have solutions, we’d like to know — WSJ: No ‘immediate’ health threat

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NYTimes: Japanese Nuclear Plant May Have Been Leaking for Two Years [...] The stricken nuclear power plant at Fukushima has probably been leaking contaminated water into the ocean for two years, ever since an earthquake and tsunami badly damaged the plant, Japan’s chief nuclear regulator said on Wednesday. [...] In unusually candid comments, Shunichi Tanaka, the head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, also said that neither his staff nor the plant’s operator knew exactly where the leaks were coming from, or how to stop them. [...] Until recently [Tepco] flatly denied that any of that water was leaking into the ocean [...] Mr. Tanaka said that the evidence was overwhelming. [...] Mr. Tanaka said it was doubtful whether [Tepco's] measures would be effective. [...]

Fox News: The watchdog’s findings underscore TEPCO’s delayed response in dealing with a problem that experts have long said existed. On Wednesday, the company continued to raise doubts about whether a leak exists. [...] Marine biologists have warned that the radioactive water may be leaking continuously into the sea from underground, citing high radioactivity in fish samples taken near the plant. [...]

Japan Times: Toxic groundwater reaching sea: NRA [...] The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday it strongly suspects highly radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is seeping into the ground and contaminating the Pacific Ocean. [...] “We must find the cause of the contamination . . . and put the highest priority on implementing countermeasures,” NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka told a meeting of the body’s commissioners [...]

Wall St. Journal: Highly radioactive groundwater [...] is likely spreading at the site and leaking into adjoining ocean waters, Japan’s nuclear regulator said, raising more worries about the plant operator’s efforts [...] Experts said the findings raise concerns of widening environmental damage but that the increased levels pose no immediate threat to public health [...] The irradiated water is believed to be leaking from the heavily damaged cores at the three reactors [...]

Reuters: Japan’s nuclear regulator expressed growing alarm on Wednesday at increased contamination beside the seafront of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station and urged the plant’s operators to take protective measures. Fukushima’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., has acknowledged problems are mounting at the plant [...]

NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka: “Considering the state of the plant, it’s difficult to find a solution today or tomorrow… That’s probably not satisfactory to many of you. But that’s the reality we face after an accident like this… We don’t truly know whether that will work… Of course, we’d hope to eliminate all leaks, but in this situation, all we can hope for is to minimize the impact on the environment. If you have any better ideas, we’d like to know.”

See also: Officials report “troubling discovery” at Fukushima nuclear plant: Cesium levels rocket 9,000% over 3 days in groundwater — Tepco “can’t explain it” (VIDEO)

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46 comments to NYT: Fukushima plant leaking for past 2 years? Japan Times: Groundwater is reaching sea — Reuters: Growing alarm, problems mounting — Official: If you have solutions, we’d like to know — WSJ: No ‘immediate’ health threat

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "Leaking…leaking…leaking…leaking…"
    More like gushing!


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Seriously, MSM, get a grip on reality!
    Fukushima has destroyed the Pacific Seafood Industry, with annual losses soon to be in the tens of billions of dollars.
    Just reading through the stories that have made it into the MSM press, tells me that this is the end game, the final bit of the Fukushima drama left to playout.
    Where it becomes common knowledge that nothing is being done, and that nothing can be done.
    Cesium isn't a seasoning.
    Nothing goes better with a little plutonium.
    If you don't mind shortening your life, go ahead and eat that Pacific Bluefin Tuna caught in California.
    But I know that I won't be eating any more Pacific Seafood.
    And every day, thousands quit "supporting by eating".
    Japan is toast, anyway.
    Leave Japan to its fate.
    Let's not go down with that ship.
    Ban foods containing radiation, even foods grown on our own contaminated soil.
    No imports from Japan.
    Peace.


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  • weeman

    If you have a solution, we would like to know from the chairman of the NRA! The national rifle association, now this is ironic, they support a industry that kill 25,000 people in USA every year and they see the dangers of Fukushima, even low only two people have been killed by accident, he said knowely.
    If you follow enenews you will find the answers you are looking for, we may be able to mitigate the amount of release but there is no permanent solution and when you realize this, your solution will be for your members to stock up on ammo and fire power and be prepared to defend yourself from the imminent social upheaval.
    It is good to see major newspapers covering story, wish it was a story but it's real, let's hope that people still read newspapers and wake up from their pathetic lives.


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  • NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka: “If you have any better ideas, we’d like to know.”

    Okay…

    Step 1… eliminate the Risks!
    Let's start by not building any more Nuclear Power Plants and by decommissioning all of the existing ones.

    Step 2… STOP Fukushima
    Do 'whatever it takes' to stop the ongoing radioactive contamination into the atmosphere and sea. If that is impossible, then admit it.

    Step 3… Cleanup globally
    Begin the process of decontaminating the oceans and air like our lives and the lives of future generations depended on it.


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  • f3ck4r f3ck4r

    No ‘immediate’ health threat?!

    tell that to all marine life in the pacific..
    to all those who have died and will die because of this..


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  • PragmaticBeliever

    I know it´s wrong to think what I´m thinking, but I have to say it…. sometimes I wish that this god-forsaken plant blows up once and for all, so people could really UNDERSTAND what´s happening since the Tsunami… the destruction of the Pacific, and future generations hope…

    It saddens me so much…


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  • Finally Mainstream Media is reporting what we all knew for the last two years. Perfect no-brainer that when you have three melted out reactors with cracks in the foundation from earthquake damage, that no one can get close enough to fix due to high radiation, with a steady flow of ground water fed from mountains, dumping more water on the mess and the burnt out radioactive mess sitting by the ocean, yes radioactive water is leaking into the ocean. Of course no expert on bio accumulation is going to make the 6 o'clock news. Not for a few more years, anyways. Don't blame TEPCO, that is a shell game. TEPCO is owned by the Japanese government now. The Japanese people voted for a better economy. This is who they voted for.

    http://thediplomat.com/pacific-money/2013/07/03/shinzo-abe-japans-nuclear-salesman-in-chief/

    As long as the economy remains the number one issue and not eating radiated fish, Japan will downplay the nuclear disaster while finding ways to cut costs. Don't expect too much money to be thrown at stopping the radioactive leaks at Fukushima.


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    • HoTaters

      And look to the parent or affiliated Keiretsu; collective responsibility?


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    • They have the Green Party in Japan.

      But just like in every other country, including the US, the corporate monopolies make sure to control the minds of people with TV, radio and newspaper 'programming' so that they ONLY dare to vote for one of the big TWO parties, both of which they control.

      The Matrix has many tentacles and a lot of power, but it is possible to live outside of the Matrix.

      Vote Green Party, no matter what fear and intimidation tactics are used. They take no money from corporations and planning a future for seven future generations.

      Vote from love and conscious decision, not fear and pressure.


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  • KDM KDM

    I agree with all the comments about Tepco/Japanese government not giving the proper response to their nuclear disaster. US has its own (Hanford) nuclear problems not being handled. The reason, bottom line, money. Greed is the root of all evil.


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  • We Not They Finally

    Leak? Leak??? LEAK?????? When do they say outright that "cold shutdown" was a monstrous lie, that it was three melt-THROUGHS, that we don't even know where the coriums ARE, and that the world will be poisoned forever because of what we did?

    Not complicated. Just SAY it.


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  • We Not They Finally

    "Of course we'd hope to eliminate all leaks"?? Does that include the ongoing spewing of poisonous crap from their own heads?


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  • I have in the past been accused of being too hard on the people of Japan. That the citizens are victims and all the blame lies at TEPCO's feet. Yet the response to the worlds biggest nuclear disaster can be best summed up as too little too late. Personally I am angry at all of Japan for the ongoing nuking of our beloved Pacific ocean. Quoting a Japanese citizen; “What must be admitted, very painfully, is that this was a disaster ‘Made in Japan,’ ” Dr. Kurokawa said in his introduction to the English version of the report. “Its fundamental causes are to be found in the ingrained conventions of Japanese culture: our reflexive obedience; our reluctance to question authority; our devotion to ‘sticking with the program’; our groupism; and our insularity.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/06/world/asia/fukushima-nuclear-crisis-a-man-made-disaster-report-says.html?pagewanted=all


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    • Trawling4Trolls

      You'll note all those attributes are the signs of unhealthy animals, animals that should be conscious but instead have trained themselves and others .. to remain hopelessly hoodwinked.
      G'night, Japan.

      ".. the ingrained conventions of Japanese culture: our reflexive obedience; our reluctance to question authority; our devotion to ‘sticking with the program’; our groupism; and our insularity.”


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  • Terryann

    This is FREE and a 12 year old could do it.You do not have to buy an expensive meter to count radiation. At the link below are great instructions on how to build and operate a KFM simple electroscope ionization chamber radiation fall out meter. In a 8oz can. Follow the instructions exactly and this meter may be better then the expensive ones
    . It will also read for radon. Test food and water. Chapter 10 is where the instructions start. Its a fighting chance at least, maybe. Good Luck

    http://sc-ems.com/ems/NuclearBiologicalChemical/Radiation%20Treatment/NulcearWarSurvivalSkills.pdf


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  • Actually they are good traits as long as the leaders have a good plan.
    These attitudes have worked well for the Japanese in the past but I doubt there will be rioting in the street. They will just quietly eat their radiated sushi. Americans (and Canadians) have different traits that amount to the same thing. Yes we question authority, some of us, but most of us spend more time watching sports or reality TV or partying or whatever then involvement in politics. Our culture says partying is cool not politics. A made in America disaster is in the making. Meanwhile Canada is not interested in slowing down its uranium shipments any time soon. Chances are more Canadians know who their home team Hockey goalie is then the name of the federal opposition leader.

    "The revolution is not a social dinner, a literary event, a drawing or an embroidery; it cannot be done with elegance and courtesy.
    The revolution is an act of violence" Mao Tse-Tung

    Realistically when over half the people in North America and Japan don't even bother to vote, I see no change imminent. I am not advocating violence, just using the quote to say if you want change you got to do more then talk about it. I am equally dissapointed in the Japanese and North American people. Including myself. Countries in the Middle East have experienced riots against unpopular governments and for democracy. Here in Vancouver we had a riot a few years ago because we lost the Stanley Cup (hockey). Go figure.


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    • KDM KDM

      Mark, that's it. We need to somehow get professional athletes involved in informing the mass public. People seem to idolize athletes so much maybe they would acknowledge there's a serious problem ongoing and more to come.


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  • KDM, creative thinking is always welcome.


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  • KDM KDM

    Email, tweet, Facebook information to any athletes people have contacts with. It might not get their immediate attention but what sits in the back of peoples minds will sometimes surface.


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  • We Not They Finally

    Interesting not-so-side- point here: "Japan’s nuclear regulator expressed growing alarm… at increased contamination… and urged the plant’s operators to take protective measures."

    I think that this might well mean that they realized that the WORK staff at the plant needs more protection!! However they act publicly, maybe they were freaked at the rapidity of the fatal cancer for the LAST "plant operator." And they don't want to be BLAMED when people start dropping like flies — even though that might inevitably happen.


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  • From Japan Times:

    "Local government officials claimed they were never informed of the action. But JDC sources said the dumping occurred after it received assurances from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, which contracted it to carry out the decontamination work, that the state body had informed the local governments about the discharge in advance and no problem was anticipated."

    (and that's the problem: "no problem was anticipated".)

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/07/12/national/probe-launched-after-contractor-jdc-dumped-radioactive-water-into-river-for-irrigation-in-fukushima/


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  • HoTaters

    NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka: “Considering the state of the plant, it’s difficult to find a solution today or tomorrow… That’s probably not satisfactory to many of you. But that’s the reality we face after an accident like this… We don’t truly know whether that will work… Of course, we’d hope to eliminate all leaks, but in this situation, all we can hope for is to minimize the impact on the environment. If you have any better ideas, we’d like to know.”

    Maybe we can start sending some of our brilliant ideas to NRA Chairman Tanaka. Even if they're not so brilliant when reduced to practice. At least there are brains thinking "outside the box" out here who aren't connected to TEPCO and Japan government purse strings. Not on the nuclear payroll ….


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    • Sorry Ho Taters, I respectfully have to disagree with you. We all know radiated water has been leaking since 311, over two years ago. All that has been done is to deny radiation is entering the Pacific.
      Not good enough. Tepco has been propped up by the Japanese government from the get go. Now the Japanese government is effectively in charge of TEPCO http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-31/tepco-under-state-control-as-government-gets-shares-for-cash.html

      Who's in charge of the Japanese government? Shinzo Abe, running a campaign of economic recovery coupled with restarting the nuclear power plants because right now Japans currency is devalued which is great for export but bad for importing oil and coal. Campaigning has started for control of the upper house and Abe has up to a 70% approval rating despite his unpopular stance on restarting nuclear power plants. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/campaigning-begins-for/734464.html Tons more money should be spent on the burnt out melted through poison factories but that won't be good for the economy, right? Lets see how the Japanese people vote. If Abe gains control of the upper house the reactors will be started and the triple melt down will continue festering with minimum money offered. Looks to me that they want to save money. I'd like to see the US marines take control of the melt through. That would be better use of US military resources then the Middle East.


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    • Sorry Ho Taters, I confused the quote as your words. I see we are in general agreement. But I'm sure they know what should be done except they won't spend the money to do the right thing. Profuse apologies and red face from me.


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  • combomelt combomelt

    Stick a Yen in your ass Japan, you played yourself. Game Over.


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  • Jebus

    zooplankton…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zooplankton

    http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/invertebrates/plankton/Planktonprintout.shtml

    Horizontal distribution of
    Fukushima-derived radiocesium in
    zooplankton in the northwestern Pacific
    Ocean

    http://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/library/pubs/Kitamura_etal_BD_2013.pdf

    No one gets to stay, if they go away…


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  • Jebus

    American Medical Assn. Urges Testing Seafood For Radiation

    http://www.simplyinfo.org/?p=10663

    MONITORING FOR RADIATION IN SEAFOOD
    HOD ACTION:
    Resolution 414 adopted as amended with a change in title.

    Resolution 414 asks that our American Medical Association call for the United States government to
    continue to monitor and fully report the radioactivity levels of edible Pacific Ocean species sold in the
    United States that could reasonably have been exposed to radiation from the ongoing
    Fukushima disaster, with information about potential health implications of consuming such foods.

    Your Reference Committee heard testimony only from the sponsor of the resolution.
    Your Reference Committee agrees with the need to monitor possible contamination of seafood due to the Fukushima
    nuclear power plant disaster of 2011, which may still have an impact upon the U.S. food supply and
    the health of Americans. Your Reference Committee also feels that the U.S. government should have an
    active monitoring program to ensure the safety of the food supply regardless of radiation exposure source.
    The title of the resolution was changed to more accurately reflect the intent of the resolution.

    Line item 32…

    http://www.ama-assn.org/assets/meeting/2013a/a13-refcomm-d-annotated.pdf


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  • Kassandra

    In the Wall Street Journal article titled, 'Japan Warns of Ocean Contamination' p. A8 (7/11/2013)

    NRA chairman Shunichi Tanaka "questioned the reliability of Tepco's data 'We need to consider whether we should be relying only on data provided by Tepco and check for ourselves the level of contamination in seawater'."

    This is a significant assertion.


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    • Fall out man!

      +1 Kassandra. When Chernobyl hit the fan, Russia ordered all soldiers taking radiation readings to divide by 5 before reporting the reading. But in the early days of Fukushima, Japan advanced that standard a step further, dividing readings by 100, 1000 or more!
      Figures from TEPCO, if they know they can't be checked by anyone else, are questionable at best. There was one report I saw (Not sure if it was on Enenews) where US nuke safety experts went to work with Japanese colleagues and were amazed to find their colleagues were measuring 1/5th the radiation they were. When they questioned the accuracy of their Japanese counterpart's equipment, the local safety inspectors turned up the next day with recalibrated equipment, that surprise surprise suddenly could show the right readings. So this coverup goes beyond TEPCO. Even before the disaster TEPCO were famous for falsifying safety records and telling outright lies to their own government. So yes, the NRA chairman is quite right to question TEPCO's figures. There should be independent testing, and the fact that there is not, says to me that the powers that be are quite happy for TECPO to lie on their behalf.


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  • Fall out Man, I remember that report. I thought I saw it on Fairewinds site. I keep saying Tepco is owned by the Japanese. Should be renamed Japanese Poison Factory Inc. Obvious total collusion. They've got their man Abe in power, thanks to some of the Japanese who bothered to vote. The reports of leaks into the ocean are not on the front page, not reported by CBC and the majority of the worlds population unaware that this huge source of food is being radiated. US government silent. President Abe is selling nuclear technology internationally, planning to start up nuclear plants and continuing with the plutonium reprocessing of spent fuel rods. The upper house elections are happening and Abe might gain control. His economic rejuvenation plan is popular and could trump the peoples distaste of the nuclear industry.
    Internationally, Japans economy is tied to the global economy. Therefore it is not in the interest of "the economy" for Japan to go broke remediating the Fukushima melt down. So the international community of 1%ers want us all to put our nose to the grindstone and continue breathing in plutonium dust and any other crap deemed necessary for the economy. Obamma will continue hunting terrorists while allowing Japan to pollute our Pacific. I'm beginning to understand when I read in history books how a kingdoms demise was due to political intrigue.


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    • We Not They Finally

      Mark I agree with you. But when will the powers that be understand that their policy is putting of for today what will soon happen tomorrow.Its like keeping a stinking corpse in your home because they dont want the neighbors to be aware of massive foul murder….


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  • We Not They Finally

    There is a simple and ancient tradition in Japan that TEPCO should follow after committing shameful acts they should committ Sanpaku Hari Kari..What happened to that old and venerable tradition?


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  • The infertility rate globally is rising. Fertility rates have dropped by 30%..

    Infertility; Hazard And Effect Of Exposure To Low Dose Radiation, via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/07/infertility-hazard-and-effect-of.html


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