Report: Tepco now dumping contaminated water from Fukushima plant into ocean — 200 tons of radioactive groundwater “pumped out”

Published: May 9th, 2013 at 10:10 am ET
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Kyodo News: Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to discharge some groundwater that has flowed into the premises of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant [...] As a trial, TEPCO has pumped out about 200 tons of groundwater using the wells. Its density of radioactive substances was “the same as rivers in surrounding areas,” according to company officials. [...] The utility hopes to hold a meeting with local fishermen Monday to seek approval of the groundwater release [...]

SimplyInfo: TEPCO Begins Dumping Contaminated Water Into The Sea [...] TEPCO has begun dumping groundwater pumped out of a set of wells inland from the reactors into the Pacific. TEPCO dumped 200 tons of groundwater yesterday as a test. [...]

From Yesterday: Asahi: Tepco to dump groundwater from Fukushima nuclear plant into Pacific Ocean -- Trying to "avoid a total collapse" of system for handling radioactive water (PHOTO)

Published: May 9th, 2013 at 10:10 am ET
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26 comments to Report: Tepco now dumping contaminated water from Fukushima plant into ocean — 200 tons of radioactive groundwater “pumped out”

  • Cisco Cisco

    "(TEPCO) plans to dump some groundwater that has flowed into the premises of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, after finding that its radiation level is the same as in the rivers in surrounding areas"

    The Bullsh#t Meter goes off the scale on this one!


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  • Proton

    "(TEPCO) plans to dump some groundwater"

    "TEPCO has pumped out about 200 tons of groundwater using the wells as a trial, said the report"

    "TEPCO dumped 200 tons of groundwater yesterday as a test"

    "The utility hopes to hold a meeting with local fishermen Monday to seek approval of the groundwater release, the officials said"

    wow what a joke…

    So they raised the background levels enough now?


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  • What's wrong with this…?

    FIRST they dump 200 tons of radioactive contaminated water.
    THEN, they will 'seek approval' from the fishermen.

    ;)

    How about my approval or the approval of the innocent creatures whose lives depend on the pacific ocean.

    'Dumping' of radioactive contamination into the ocean is a violation of international law!

    "From 1946 through 1993, thirteen countries (fourteen, if the USSR and Russia are considered separately) used ocean disposal or ocean dumping as a method to dispose of nuclear/radioactive waste. The waste materials included both liquids and solids housed in various containers, as well as reactor vessels, with and without spent or damaged nuclear fuel. Since 1993, ocean disposal has been banned by international treaties."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_disposal_of_radioactive_waste


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Many thanks, Admin, for this posting. Big Picture Review of the situation:
    Fukushima Diiachi was built on a mudstone base cut out of a seaside cliff. The area drains a valley, and the Reactor Buildings sit at, or just below, the level of ground water. The Reactor Buildings 1,2,&3 were busted up by the earthquakes, exiting corium, and land subsidance, allowing ground water to flood into the Torus Basements of the buildings. Water also flooded Generator Buildings. Ground water has become heavily contaminated, because it flows through lava tube debris left by the passage of corium. The bulk of the corium has now exited plant grounds, following the downward sloping layers in the mudrock, into the seabed under the Pacific Ocean. Ground water flows out of the plant following the same route, as well as through collection and diversion channels that run under and through the plant buildings.
    Of course, the result of all this ground water flowing through the world's worst ever nuclear disaster, is that the Pacific Ocean is becoming heavily contaminated with radioisotopes. The radiation has been spreading throughout the Pacific Ocean in a plume now stretching nearly to US shores.


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    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Radiation has been bio-accumulating up the food chain.
      This is how bio-accumulation works:
      Single cell plants take in radioactive elements, but expell only part of what is taken in. The multicelled zooplankton feed on contaminated algae and bacteria, and integrate higher doses of radiation into their tissues and shells over their lifetimes. Little of the radiation these animals take into their bodies is excreted. Instead, it is incorporated into the tissues, where it accumulates over the lifetime as the animal feeds on contaminated organisms.
      Filter feeders and fish eating zooplankton get higher doses of radiation, which becomes a part of muscles and bones over the life of the amimal. Small fish are eaten by bigger fish, all the way up the food chain. And every step of the way, the dose of radiation becomes heavyier and heavier, culminating in the largest doses being found in large preditor fish like tuna.
      At the top of the food chain are the people who eat contaminated fish and seafood from the Pacific Ocean. As top preditors, they bio-accumulate the highest dose of all.
      But people can become educated about the dangers of eating Pacific Seafood. An increasing number of people have stopped eating Pacific Seafood altogether.


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      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        So why Pump and Dump?
        TEPCO knows the terrible damage all this radiation flowing into the Pacific Ocean is causing. They are already taking a hit in public confidence as ever more fish, with ever increasing levels of contamination, are being found further and further away from Fukushima. Reducing the contamination requires halting the flow of ground water through the plant ruins.
        TEPCO has drilled a series of shallow extraction wells just uphill from the plant ruins. These wells will intercept about 1/4 of the ground water, before it runs under and through the Reactor Buildings, and into the Ocean. This water will be tested as it is pumped into the Ocean. It is expected that the diverted water will remain much less contaminated then water that has flowed past corium lava tubes under the Reactors1,2,&3.
        The question remains: What about the 3/4 of the ground water that flows past the extracton wells, through the corium lava tubes, and into the Pacific Ocean? The only way to stop the flow of nearly all ground water through the corium lava tubes is by surrounding Buildings1,2,3,&4 completely with a cofferdam. More on this topic later.


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      • daddyfixit daddyfixit

        florida fresh! corexit and radium from the oil spill is so much better!!!
        dont leave out all those unknown canned vegies and dried fruits and nuts that were packaged during the disaster!


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      • We Not They Finally

        PhilipUpNorth, THANK YOU for that post about bio-accumulation. Keep posting about that and bio-magnification often. Also about genetic defects INCREASING moving generations ahead, NOT decreasing. This the exact basic education we all need.


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  • Baha 2012 Baha 2012

    When reading this I thought … just where are alllllll the contaminated water and waste are put, in supposingly normal operating reactor plants?


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    • mairs mairs

      Baha, the water that is in contact with the core is a closed system normally. In this case the cooling water being pumped in comes in direct contact with what's left of the nuclear fuel. Everything is cracked and open to the air and water coming in from groundwater sources and pumping in water.


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  • shadowfax

    Salmon fishing season is starting now on the west coast/vancouver island.I see my neighbours going out salmon fishing.I don't say anything,no point.
    No one knows where the salmon spend their time out in the Pacific but I bet it's the big circle route past Japan.I have not heard if Canadian DFO is testing salmon for radiation.
    No pacific seafood for me either.
    I still have 20-30 cans of pre-Fukushima canned salmon still good to 2016.I'm saving them for now.


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  • m a x l i

    "Its density of radioactive substances was “the same as rivers in surrounding areas,” according to company officials."

    This is meant to sound like the pumped-up water is as harmless as pristine, good river water. But they forgot to mention: The rivers are carrying the since march 11 2013 heightened radiation which is everywhere in the surrounding area. Change the order of words (without altering the sense) in the above sentence and it becomes: The rivers in the surrounding areas are as much contaminated as the groundwater flowing into the site and coming into close contact with the reactor ruins.


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  • daddyfixit daddyfixit

    We are moving into the "Age of Avoidance."

    Some will profit, some will loss. Some will live, some will die.


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  • VanneV anne

    Instead of spending so much money on wars, they should have spent the money on infrastructure. And they should have never sent manufacturing overseas. Think of all the fossil fuels used to bring the goods in from overseas. They had the technology and knew that they needed to switch to renewables back in the 70s. And they still haven't done nearly enough. They've also known since the 40s how deadly radiation is, and that nuclear energy was horrible.


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  • We Not They Finally

    Don't worry about that radioactivity in the dumped water, folks — it's just "the same as surrounding rivers." You know, the ones they already dumped all the "hot" trash into. But this is the trick — the "comparative standard." Like don't worry about your neighbor dying — you're not dead. Or don't worry about that fish you just ate — it's only a hundred times more radioactive than we said — but that's o.k. because "now the safety limit is higher." Or don't worry about contaminating the ocean, it's comparatively a big place. Or don't worry about THOSE mutated butterflies — look at all these OTHER butterflies…. Or don't worry about that bunny born without ears — most of the other bunnies have their ears in tact. It never ends.


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  • Ron

    Excuse my language but,

    The Fuckers!

    Why are people tolerating the eco-wreckers?


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  • Edward Edward

    Part of the problem is that we allow it. The majority does not care what is happening as long as their immediate lives are not affected. People don't even want to hear about fukushima or nuke disasters anymore, they quickly change the subject to something pleasant such as where they are going on vacation or buying a new cellphone etc. We won't even eat tuna or seafood anymore. We are disgusted with the lies and way this disaster was/is being handled. The corrupt united states government would also lie and cover up there is no doubt in our minds. Not only is national healthcare not a goal in america, but they are trying hard to take away what there already is… medicare/medicaid. It is sad, that greed and corruption has changed our world.


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