NYTimes: New Leak Found at Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Published: April 15th, 2013 at 11:32 am ET
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Title: New Leak Found at Fukushima Nuclear Plant*
Source: New York Times
Author: MARTIN FACKLER
Date: April 14, 2013

Efforts to remove highly contaminated water from a leaking underground storage pool at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant were delayed on Sunday when the plant’s operator said it had found yet another leak, this time in the pipes that would be used to move the water to above-ground storage containers. [...]

While small, the newest leak will force Tepco to postpone removal of water from the No. 2 storage pool for several days while the company repairs the faulty pipe junction. The pool has spilled some 32,000 gallons of radioactive water, and appears to still be leaking. [...]

The newest leak adds to a series of mishaps that have raised questions about Tepco’s ability to safely manage the stricken plant. [...]

*NYTimes updated the headline to read ‘Small Leak Is Discovered at Plant in Fukushima’ (Previous headline still viewable at top of browser)

See also: Report: All 7 Fukushima in-ground storage ponds leaking radioactive water

Published: April 15th, 2013 at 11:32 am ET
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30 comments to NYTimes: New Leak Found at Fukushima Nuclear Plant

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    And the beat goes on ….


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    New leak..new gusher!


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  • nedlifromvermont

    New evidence discovered of "lame" stream media's brain death …

    from the above article "… raises questions about Tepco's ability to 'safely' mange the stricken plant …"

    Seriously. You have got to be joking. Safety and stricken nuclear plant do not belong in the same sentence.

    Safety does not belong to be used in conjunction with nuclear power. Therein lies the rub.

    Take no notice of be-robed US Judge Gar Murtha's recent Vermont Yankee ruling which essentially says "Nuclear power is so safe, no one is allowed to talk about it …"

    And we like to think the Nazis were involved in lies, cover ups and dealing death …

    Get a life Gar. Big Nuclear is trying to kill us all!

    peace …


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    • ion jean ion jean

      The newest leak adds to a series of mishaps that have raised questions about Tepco’s ability to safely manage the stricken plant.

      Newest leak raised questions about TEPCO? What about everything they did since 10 min into the two year old nuclear accidental worldwide atmospheric release???


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  • retali8 retali8

    can anyone help me? is there any one article(s) that explain just how serious fukushima is ? especially for Osaka,, i need it for my gf's visa interview, we want to get her out of japan… please help


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  • Another leak (Bulgaria):

    Bulgaria nuclear plant has emergency shutdown; hydrogen leak reported in the cooling system

    By The Associated Press April 15, 2013 9:00 AM

    Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Bulgaria+nuclear+plant+emergency+shutdown+hydrogen+leak/8243284/story.html#ixzz2QYB1VaV7


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  • Lion76 Lion76

    More "raising questions" that most other seemingly "smarter" people were asking more than 2 years ago. Amazing.


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  • KDM KDM

    Notice they had to edit the title to try and belittle the situation. Wonder who's call that was?


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    • redwing redwing

      They do that all of the time. The paper is top-heavy with political officers who work hard at putting their agenda above the facts.

      Unusual to see that kind of bias outside of coverage of the Middle East tho…


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  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    So, lets put the current status into perspective;

    - currently 4 reactors at the Fukushima NPP are constantly leaking radiation into the atmosphere.
    - they are burning radioactive waste and trash re-releasing radiation into the atmosphere
    - TEPCO is working on clean-up in the surrounding countryside but then dumping the "cleaned up material" into the rives or burning it releasing back into the environment.
    - in attempts to cool the reactors and storage pools TEPCO is continually pouring sea water directly into the tanks, which leaks out and eventually makes it into ground water, then the ocean.
    - the sea water is causing extensive corrosion and causing leaks and structural failures
    - the water they do capture and collect goes into lined trenches on the property, which have been found to leak
    - any attempts at pumping water to or from these trenches has been found to cause additional leakages.
    - TEPCO has recently been able to begin burning off the noble gasses that were building up in the lower parts of the building, causing additional radioactive releases into the atmosphere
    - animals and insects are finding their way into the disabled reactors causing further issues and spreading additional radiation due to bio-magnification

    What have I missed so far?


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    • nedlifromvermont

      additional bio-accumulation from initial, large (catastrophic) releases over widespread areas (mountainous forests, lakes, farms and cities) of eastern (northern) Japan and nearby ocean food chains … just starting … from many vectors not foreseen …

      that sort of thing …

      peace …


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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      3 melted through coriums…. releasing radiation into air and water

      exploded reactor or spent fuel pool 'hot' in your pocket pieces in the ocean for 2 kilometer range around plant.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Governments around the globe are ignoring this nuclear disaster, as they breathe in radiation. Weird waiting game, if you ask me.


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  • Delayed for "several days"? Seriously?

    2.5 hours….OK get on it TEP-Joke


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    • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

      That's what I thought. Apparently, when a critter chews through some wires to cause a station black out, TEPCO swoops in to save the day before the "sfp's" dry up, but a leaking hose shuts them down for 2.5 days…how convenient. They don't want that water anyway…they know that the more water leaks out, the less they have to clean up. Yeah, they have some great pumps…gravity pumps…

      The situation on the ground is different from any of the reports that come through. If you were that man who had to rig the pipes together to transfer Fuku's peepee, would you stick around when the pipe burst open? Most wouldn't, some would. Most won't, some will.

      Thank you to all the workers who have or will do time at Fukushima.

      Let's fix our Nuclear problem once and for all. Boycott nuke energy suppliers in all industries. Talk to your neighbors. Encourage Reforestation…

      Only then will we be able to make positive moves at Fukushima.

      There is much work to be done. There is no such thing as unemployment…If everyone on the planet worked toward radiological containment, the job would not finish for many generations…but it sure would solve some glaring problems.


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  • ftlt

    The whole thing is one big leak… This is all just media fluff to make it look like something is being done about the crisis…


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  • A "New Leak" found? What a JOKE! That whole site is one big leak. If this goes on for 50 years, there will be a "new leak" found most likely every day. Understand that this NPP is totally DESTROYED. There is really nothing there to do buy haul away the debris. Now, Tepco and the other Japanese miscreants responsible for this lack of fore sight say that they are preparing to dump the whole deal into the Pacific Ocean. Thing is, they have been pumping nuclear waste and rubble into the rivers and fields for some time now. Nothing now to do but put the contaminated water back into the Pacific. I have been reading about Marine life dying all over the West Coast of the US and even as far a Australia. Where are all the rest of the World to stop this crime in progress? Japan needs the help of the entire world. We should help them, whether they like it or not. Otherwise, we are all going to pay a quite terrible price.


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  • frankfan42 frankfan42

    With all the leaks, failures, structural weakness, inability to locate coriums and ongoing porosity of almost all structures, especially those with containment, or storage in their name- perhaps we should ask the real question. Is anything there working as it is supposed to?


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Wanna see some corium deposits from under the plant? Now we know what they are doing under those tents! Look at the pics!!

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/nuclear-radiation-levels-from-fukushima-are-rising/28842


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