Reporter: Can Tepco confirm Fukushima plant is not leaking radiation into sea? TEPCO: “Tepco cannot say such a thing”

Published: October 26th, 2012 at 5:40 pm ET


Title: Japan quake-hit nuclear plant may still be leaking radiation into sea
Source: Reuters
Author: Kiyoshi Takenaka and Aaron Sheldrick
Date: Fri Oct 26, 2012

Asked if Tokyo Electric, also known as Tepco, could confirm that the plant is not leaking radiation into the sea any more, a spokeswoman said: “Tepco cannot say such a thing, but we have confirmed that radiation levels are declining in both the sea water and seabed soil around the plant.”

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Published: October 26th, 2012 at 5:40 pm ET


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13 comments to Reporter: Can Tepco confirm Fukushima plant is not leaking radiation into sea? TEPCO: “Tepco cannot say such a thing”

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    It's all in how you ask the question, isn't it! Still, the response is a slippery, if not a teensy tad more honest one. Let's get a few more details on that "radiation levels are declining in both the sea water and seabed soil around the plant" thing, can we? Is that because the daily spilling contains less radioactivity? Is it because the spilled radiation is finally moving offshore? Has it merely sunk an inch or two further into the sediment? Has the raining season diluted the run off? Could it be going somewhere else instead? Do we have volumes and measurements of water along with those readings so that we can figure out the ratio of rads to, say, gallons, tons? Declining since 3/11? Anything is less than the 80% dump of radiation into the sea if that is the measure. But, still, a good direct question and a little less wriggling out of it.

  • jec jec

    Declined to WHAT level?..from death in nano seconds to death in .00008 seconds? It not that high radiation wise..but its up there! Still at 12 KM exclusion zone in the ocean around Fukushima. Someone needs ask what the TESTED levels are, what was and was not tested for..and how much they have declined(in what timeframe)

    …and I have a bridge in Brooklyn NY for sale as well…

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    Of course they can. TEPCO will tell you anything you want to hear.

  • Atomfritz Atomfritz

    Nice evasive statement.

    Cs-134 half-time is about 2 yrs, and thus the radiation level is decreasing heavily, even if there a curie of Cs-137 gets released to the sea daily.

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      Oh, sheesh, i forgot the natural decay! Good one Atomfritz.

    • guezilla

      Goes for Cs-134, but it's not nearly the only radioactive isotope involved. Problem with nuclear plant accidents is nuclear plants are MESSY, with lots of very short-lived isotopes. There's some nice graphs about the radiation level of irradiated nuclear fuel, this would be close to that, except slightly more messy.
      But yes, the same thing about how natural decay/half-lives should already reduce the radiation level *drastically* occurred to me, of course. (I pointed this earlier when a statement claimed Cs-134 levels had *stayed the same*, which I believe to be incorrect statement as it would almost certainly require massive ongoing neutron fluxes).
      Here's one graph, note both axis are logarithmic:

  • nonuke nonuke

    More than a Dozen Nuclear Plants Near Hurricane Sandy’s Path Brace for Impact
    While we don’t foresee any problems, the risk of nuclear accident in the U.S. is actually much greater than it was in Japan before Fukushima.
    For example, fuel pools in the United States store an average of ten times more radioactive fuel than stored at Fukushima, and have virtually no safety features.
    Indeed, Pilgrim’s spent fuel pools contain more radioactive cesium than released by Fukushima, Chernobyl and all nuclear bomb tests combined.
    If Indian Point melted down, it could close New York City for years, and cost half a trillion dollars or more.
    North Anna leaked tritium last year after an earthquake shook the plant and shifted around gigantic radioactive storage casks.
    Vermont Yankee which has around 10 times more spent fuel rods than any of the individual Fukushima reactors – also leaked tritium.
    Three Mile Island suffered another leak in the cooling system last month.
    With a little more digging, we could easily document problems at all of the nuclear plants. After all, the U.S. has 23 reactors which are virtually identical to Fukushima. The archaic uranium reactor designs developed more than 40 years ago are only good for making bombs.
    Most American nuclear reactors are old. They are aging poorly, and are in very real danger of melting down. And yet the NRC is relaxing safety standards at the old plants.
    Indeed, while many of the plants are already past the service life…

    • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

      As they relaxing safety standards they also reduce the evacuation zones around the plants…

      The Associated Press reports that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which run the program together, are now requiring fewer exercises for major accidents and recommending that fewer people be evacuated.

      The latest changes, especially reduced evacuation zones, are being attacked by local planners and activists who say the widespread contamination in Japan from the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns screams out for stronger planning in the United States, not weaker rules.

      While officials stress the importance of limiting radioactive releases, the revisions also favor limiting initial evacuations, even in a severe accident. Under the previous standard, people within two miles would be immediately evacuated, along with everyone five miles downwind. Now, in a large quick release of radioactivity, emergency personnel would concentrate first on evacuating people only within two miles. Others would be told to stay put and wait for a possible evacuation order later. […]

  • dosdos dosdos

    The answer was scripted by a lawyer, issued by a boss, and drilled to perfection by a PR specialist.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    We are all lab rats, all around the world…

    Human Radiation Experiments Performed Without Consent Or Knowledge; via A Green Road

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Fukushima? Hundreds of US Flight Attendents Suffer Hair Loss, Skin Lesions; via A Green Road

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      AGR, thanks for writing the article. That is quite a coincidence that flight attendants are starting to share the same or similar symptoms as to the seals, walruses, and Polar bears of late. Accumulating low level radiation exposure symptoms? I know, no such thing, right according to 50 year old studies?

  • At least the hard question gets printed. Since there is tons of highly radio active water stored in the basements of buildings, that is the basement is filled with water a function the building wasn't designed for and no doubt the walls must have cracks from the earthquake and the cooling system is a maze of pipes duct taped together jerry rigged as best as the poor workers can do given the circumstances and even though the cooling water is being recirculated and filtered they are only filtering for cesium so that water must have a host of other types of radio nuclides and be hot, and since we don't even know ( or tepco wont admit ) where the corium is but we do know it melted through containment and coolant levels are low anyways its pretty safe to say radiation is leaking into the ocean and air. The plant is a wreck and too radio active for any workers or robots to even get close to do any serious work. Just amazes me that they can get away with this crime. So yeah, Tepco cannot say such a thing, but will they let greenpeace or other independent company test to confirm radiation going down around fuku waters? No they have an exclusion zone to hide behind. Raw deal for world citizens. Politicians need more accountability everywhere. An old fashioned lynching would work for me.