Reuters Exclusive: Barrier is breached at Fukushima says official — ‘Highly radioactive’ water entering ocean — Will flow ‘extremely fast’ if it reaches surface — Tepco sorry for trouble

Published: August 5th, 2013 at 9:14 am ET
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Title: Exclusive: Japan nuclear body says radioactive water at Fukushima an ’emergency’
Source: Reuters
Author: Antoni Slodkowski and Mari Saito; Additional reporting by Kentaro Hamada; Editing by Edmund Klamann and Raju Gopalakrishnan
Date: August 5, 2013

Highly radioactive water [is] seeping into the ocean from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant  […]

This contaminated groundwater has breached an underground barrier […] Shinji Kinjo, head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) task force, told Reuters. […]

“Right now, we have an emergency,” he said.

[…] Tepco deeply apologized to residents in Fukushima prefecture, the surrounding region and the larger public for causing inconveniences, worries and trouble. […]

[Kinjo] acknowledged that if the water reaches the surface, “it would flow extremely fast.”

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Published: August 5th, 2013 at 9:14 am ET
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50 comments to Reuters Exclusive: Barrier is breached at Fukushima says official — ‘Highly radioactive’ water entering ocean — Will flow ‘extremely fast’ if it reaches surface — Tepco sorry for trouble

  • PragmaticBeliever

    “Right now, we have an emergency,” he said.

    RIGHT NOW? We all have "an emergency" since 2011 ! You dumb moron !

    "Tepco deeply apologized to residents in Fukushima prefecture, the surrounding region and the larger public for causing inconveniences, worries and trouble."

    Deeply apologizes? ARRGGGHHHH ! ! ! I´m about to explode in sheer rage. "Inconveniences, worries and trouble"?

    Tepco, you are causing DICEASES, CANCER, PREMATURE DEATHS, RUINED LIVES FOR THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT CHILDREN…. And so on…

    But you, Tepco, deeply apologize…. right… You, "Tepco", should be dead. All the directive board should be toss to the opened gates of hell that Fukushima has become for the rest of the planet, and future generations.

    I don´t know what to do anymore….

    • eatliesndie eatliesndie

      Tepco, you blind, arrogant fuckers. Apology not accepted.

    • LegionNetworkCH

      Apology not accepted. In order to preserve your honor, I give you 2 magnanimful choices:

      1. Accept international help, including non-governmental organizations and any people willing to help. Provide/ease access to related locations, equipments and documents – including so-called "classified" information.

      2. Seppuku remains a noble exit.

      • amberlight amberlight

        #1 option first and THEN #2

        • crystalwind crystalwind

          +100

        • Au Au

          I say No to #2. It would be best if they went to the plant and worked really hard to fix it. Boots on the ground in the most real sense.
          (Mr. Bill Tepco says: Ohh no! I'm bleeding out of my sphincter and all that money I made won't fix me….ohhhhh, squirt, ohhhhh. frowny clown face.)
          And since we are on the eff u roll- eff u Tepco and your little (stuffed toy) dog, too.
          (That's, kind of, a quote from The Wizard of Oz.)

          Now, to return to trying to elevate my vibrational frequency. It's just so hard to do when this is the beginning of the Tepco owned nuclear plant killing EVERYTHING.

          Signed,
          Super Pissed Downwinder with Kids That Now Have a Perilous Future

          p.s. Hey! A bumble bee just flew by. Thank you Mr. Bumble Bee! Here, have some of my wine. You are going to need it. I'm glad you are not dead yet.

          • Au Au

            "It's just so hard to do when this is the BEGINNING of the Tepco owned nuclear plant killing everything."

            "Beginning" as in the first two years of thousands and thousands of years of destruction.

      • applepie

        The fact that TEPCO has refused to accept international help is rediculous
        The board of directors should have been tossed in the spent fuel pools for a swim long ago.

      • irhologram

        Sigh. Doesn't anyone remember Tepco is not now, and has never been, in charge? Links proving this have been posted and reported by Anne. There is a matrix chain of command. Telco is low man.

      • fuganzi

        Seppuku – ha ha, that's too easy. That's the coward's way out.

        How about: Admit you guys were wrong, and work tirelessly to the end of your days to convince the world that nuclear power is inherently unsafe, and can not ever be made worthwhile.

        It just blows my mind: Japan was nuked by the US. The Japanese culture is one that holds in high-regard, the beauty and value of nature and harmony – and then for a few bucks on Tepco shareholder's bottom line, they're willing to throw all that out the window and poison their children and land and the ocean that gives them life, for centuries.

  • hbjon hbjon

    Toxic water is produced faster than it can be processed. Ultimately, the ocean will receive all of the discharged water. Perhaps they'll filter out the big pieces, pass it through charcoal and store the charcoal in containment.

    • PragmaticBeliever

      hbjon, the ocean is ALREADY receiving all that water, from the aquifers that runs way below the plant.

      The "problem" that Tepco has is that now the amount of water that they need to use to cool the coriums (wherever they are) is coming OUTSIDE the inner part of the plant.

      If not, you should think where are the billons of gallons of water that they´ve already used since the triple meltdown.

      2 entire years, and a half…. of non-stopping ocean radiation poisoning

      • hbjon hbjon

        I am aware that it is a dire situation. But the goal would be to process every bit of water within a mile of the wreckage. I don't care how many pumps they have to use. I don't care how many wells they have to dig. The water needs to be processed and run through charcoal.

        • fuganzi

          Here's a couple of problems with your "goal":

          1. Where can they get enough pumps, and people to man them? (maintain, install, etc).

          2. Where can they get enough reliable power running 24×7 to operate those pumps? (probably unit's 5 & 6, though, we'd all like to see those remained shut down).

          3. As water is filtered through the charcoal, some contaminants are removed. Many (like N16, and H3)- – – CAN'T be removed. There is probably a unknown, and unknowable, brew of a variety of elements coming out, because the core(s) are down there interacting with completely unknown materials, bedrock, water minerals, etc, and producing byproducts that nobody ever observed experimentally, or could even calculate or predict. The short-lived products are decaying into longer-lived products, and a divers set of intermediate decay stages. This is a new game. You can't even BOIL water to eliminate H3 from the steam.

          4. As contaminants come out of the water into the charcoal, the charcoal must be replaced, and the "used" charcoal is now highly contaminated. What do we do with all of this "hot" charcoal?

          (Basically, I'm saying that at this point, all mitigation plans are absurd – and this was why nuclear power should never have been pursued – because this scenario was always possible, and was always completely underestimated in terms of scope and mitigatability).

  • "It was not immediately clear…"
    "Until we know …"

    🙁 "So now, the question is how long do we have?"
    – said Masashi Goto, nuclear engineer

    "…radioactive elements in sea water has prompted the utility to reverse months of denials and finally admit that tainted water is reaching the sea."
    (They LIED!)

    "Tepco is scheduled to test strontium levels next."
    (We're still waiting and wondering why this one has NOT been TESTED.)

    I did not hear the word Plutonium mentioned either.
    hmm…?

    • jec jec

      Testing of stronium has been done I am willing to bet, just the numbers are so horrendous, they can figure out no way to sugar coat the figures….so silence. Just like the seal and sea lions dying on the west coast of America…silence..

      • mairs mairs

        Jec, supposedly the sea lions were going to be tested for radioactivity. Was there any release of results? I haven't seen a thing about it.

        • LegionNetworkCH

          Eventually, someone will submit a Freedom of Information Act Request.

        • amberlight amberlight

          Down the memory hole…

          The world is too busy gushing over the royal baby (so much cuter than yours or mine, doncha know) and wringing their hands over the latest trumped up terrorist alert.

          • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

            don't kid yourself amberlight. The major networks planned a major amount of programming to cover the birth of another piece of elitist trash and much to their surprise, they discovered very few bothered to monitor their reports. The public's become aware that the whole system stinks like three-day-old-roadkill. And if you look into the blog responses to this latest set of 'yellow alerts', you'll find everyone knows they're running this story in response to the latest NSA revelations. Of course, when it gets to this point where the public's no longer cowering in response to the real terrorists who are running the show, they'll simple have to murder some innocents to get us all back in our cages…

    • Cisco Cisco

      From the Reuters article, "According to AFP, TEPCO estimates between 20 trillion and 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium have spilled into the ocean. "
      Do you buy TEPCO's latest admission/their numbers?

      I know this is redundant, but I suggest these numbers TEPCO is offering up are grossly understated. Again, TEPCO is conducting the testing, and their shill regulator the NRA is looking over their shoulder. What's their strategy…fudge, deny, obfuscate, et al? Like BP providing the data for the spill and clean-up?
      What are the real numbers, and the other 25 isotopes?

      Ongoing for nearly a year, numerous Russian rejections of radioactive cars and car parts; but, the US SOS makes pack with Japan for trade as usual, no testing or restrictions.

      The biggest story in the history of mankind that nobody knows about. Go figure…WTF!

  • ftlt

    Reuters smoters… Something stinky is going on if these guys are on the stories its leading edge…

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    TEPCO is installing an Impermeable Wall (cofferdam) to stop the flow of contaminated groundwater into the Pacific Ocean. This Impermeable Wall is allowing groundwater to back up into the plant area, increasing levels of water contamination. When the Wall is completed, TEPCO will begin to pump the groundwater from extraction wells drilled uphill from Units1,2,3,&4. This water will be tested for radiation, then dumped into the sea. Leaking storage tanks and pools no doubt contribute to groundwater contamination, as does the leaching of the nuclear fuel scattered over the area during the March, 2011, explosions at Fukushima. But high levels of groundwater contamination can be expected to continue until construction of the Impermeable Wall is conpleted.

    "At the end of April, they started to drive down the sheet piles in the sea right off the Reactor 1 turbine building. In early May, tritium levels inside the port started to increase.
    "The first section of the impermeable wall was finished by mid June, and that's when the samples taken from the observation holes dug to monitor the groundwater started to show elevated amount of tritium and all-beta including strontium, particularly in the observation holes No.1 (1-1, 1-2, and now 1-3)."
    http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2013/07/fukushima-i-nuke-plant-contaminated.html

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      "[Kinjo] acknowledged that if the water reaches the surface, “it would flow extremely fast.”
      Construction of the Impermeable Wall is temporarily causing the level of groundwater to rise, as flowing groundwater begins to back up behind the Wall. Kinjo is saying that if the water level reaches the surface, the contaminated water will flow rapidly right into the ocean. To avoid this situation, TEPCO will begin to run some of the extraction pumps behind Units1,2,3,&4. This will lower the water table, and should end the current "state of emergency". TEPCO will be seen by the public as a big hero. 😉

    • Cisco Cisco

      Leaking, seeping…400 tons of water doesn't "seep" or "leak"

      I'm sure if you could get a small helicopter drone near The NP where the land becomes water, you would see water pouring/gushing/rushing into the sea.

      Just like BP, not a helicopter or planes allowed near the site. As long as we can't see it, it will be "leaking." Maybe Greenpeace could assist here?

  • ShutItAllDown

    Harakiri epidemic among Tepco officials in 3… 2…

    Time for Japan to admit defeat and step aside and let an international team try to figure out WTF to do.

    Can they run a pipeline from Fukushima to that really deep gold mine in South Africa?

    • mairs mairs

      It seems like the window to really do something about it has already passed.

      • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

        agreed mairs. Neither the technology or the time to develop what's needed is available. We have to understand that that entire region is basically a write-off and within twenty to fifty years, the Pacific itself will be, as well. That's not to say that any-other areas will remained unscathed, either. People need to think of this as though someone pull the pin on a grenade, then recklessly tossed it over their shoulder within the house. You can try to find it and put the pin back in before it detonates or abandon the house ASAP. Other than the idiot who tossed the grenade, it's not the fault of any of us. It's happened. The loss of the house is great, but eventually, it may be possible to replace it with acceptable accommodations. Doing otherwise risks the complete loss of both occupants and house…

  • sworldpeas

    "Tepco is trying to prevent groundwater from reaching the plant by building a "bypass" but recent spikes of radioactive elements in sea water has prompted the utility to reverse months of denials and finally admit that tainted water is reaching the sea."

    They lied and now they want to apologize for the lies? I can not accept an apology from Tepco, what I can do is loan each and every one of them my sword to fall on.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    What's with the emergency now?
    When I saw the first reactor blow..I knew there was big trouble.
    When I saw the second one blow..
    I fell to my knees.

    What's with the emergency? Where is all the uncontained nuclear fuel going?
    It has been going into the air, the land, and in the SEA.

    What's with the screaming now?
    How pathetic.

    • Ourself Ourself

      The difference is that you're screaming because you know how bad it is, whereas they are screaming about the fact they're losing their ability to cover it up. As someone suggested above, soon TEPCO will likely be seen a hero; for a very short time, of course, and afterwards they'll be seen as the enemies of humanity, along with the rest of the nuclear mafia.

  • mungo mungo

    The fallout from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster is still being felt in Russia, where customs officials say they continue to detect radiation on second-hand Japanese cars and auto parts being shipped in for sale in Russia’s Far East.
    http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2013/08/05/fukushima-watch-russia-claims-continued-used-car-contamination/?mod=WSJBlog&mod=WSJ_Japan_JapanRealTime

  • Good way to get rid of nuclear waste. Just call it something else, export and let some other country deal with it.

  • Total Fukushima Radiation Released Into Ocean, Air, Groundwater, Storage Tanks; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/02/total-fukushima-radiation-released-into.html

  • TEPCO claims cold shut down.. So why all of sudden is there an 'emergency'? Could it be that this emergency has been going on all along and was just covered up? Nooooooooo, they could not be THAT BAD, could they? Hmmmmmmmmm…

    Fukushima Spewing Equivalent of 112 Hiroshima Nuclear Bombs Worth of Radiation Every Hour; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/12/fukushima-spewing-equivalent-of-112.html

  • Why is the world so silent? Governments say nothing. The mainstream media barely touches the subject, and do it with utmost care so as not to create alarm. Meanwhile terror alerts divert everyone's attention from this major world environmental crisis. Because it's not just a Japanese problem.

    But unless we flood our governments' sites with demands for international action, nothing will happen. Right now it may be too late to stop this disaster, but international involvement might expose the Japanese deception and our two-and-a-half year long passivity.

    If this radiation affected a specific ethnic or gender minority, there would be an outcry and widespread demand for action. But since the immediate victims are Japanese and their own government does not seem too concerned, and fishermen who could have been affected continue to sell radioactive fish, and the largest number of victims at the moment are just ocean life with no seat at the UN, who cares…

    But some people care: investors. Worries over plummeting uranium market due to Fukushima – http://nuclear-news.net/2013/08/05/no-sign-of-recovery-in-plummeting-uranium-market/

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~

    http://ottersandsciencenews.blogspot.ca/

  • mairs mairs

    This made it to Huffpo front page. I don't see a lot of nuclear industry people there yet.

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    While I personally don't condone it, 'Capital punishment' is legal in Japan…

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

    Though I wouldn't be surprised if it where suddenly taken off the books, if/when these people(*) are ever arrested.

    Just how many people will die because of their actions will never be known.

    (*) In calling them people I'm being POLITE, if I said what I really thought I'd be banned from this site & the internet for life.

  • A sad fact of life is that the worst crimes go unpunished. Just to name a few:

    – Aside from the show at the Nuremberg Trial, surviving top Nazis either got away or got hired by the US and British governments (mostly by CIA, State Department and British and Soviet security agencies). Some Nazi criminals lived normal lives in Germany, working for the government and later enjoying nice pensions.

    – The Soviet government perpetrated large-scale crimes but when the Soviet Union collapsed nobody brought anyone to account.

    – During our lifetime there have been many other genocides, but again the perpetrators have gone unpunished.

    – Nobody went to jail as a result of the banksters' derivatives crimes. The derivatives business continues to this day….

    Same thing with crimes against children (by celebrities and clergy in particular). The perpetrators often have friends in high places.

    In the meantime guys caught with just a bit of illegal drugs in their pockets are rotting in jail.

    I don't think that Tepco managers or anyone who has allowed the Fukushima disaster to escalate to this point is ever going to face justice. If they ever lose their jobs they will get hired as consultants somewhere else.

    ~~~~~

    I truly believe that in this case as in any other it's up to the people to organize to demand action and justice. Our institutions are corrupt and can't or won't do what is right without enough pressure from citizens.

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    For those of you who have Geiger-counters or some other means of testing for radiation, you may, if your not already doing so, want to start testing your rain-water and snow.

    The ocean currents are going to spread the irradiated sea water from the Pacific to every salt-water body on this planet, evaporation and rain-fall will deliver the radiation to every other spot on this planet.

    America is almost certainly being slammed as we speak, courtesy of the Jet stream, Europe and Russia will soon follow.

    South of the equator isn't any safer. At this rate either in a desert, or a certain valley in Antarctica ( which hasn't seen moisture in millennia ) will be the only NON-HOT ZONES left.

    Basically, if you can get rain or snow, you are under a sentence of slow irradiated death.

    Thanks to the greedy Nuclear touting A******S, we are all 'dead men walking'.

  • We Not They Finally

    What's fascinating here (partly good, partly scary!)is that today on ENE News, there are FOUR brand-new Fukushima articles. And yesterday, there were ALSO four brand-new articles. Sometimes it had been days before there was ONE brand-new article. So there seem to be more and more outlets reporting — possibly because they are finally getting openly alarmed in JAPAN.

    Interesting to monitor. Just scary!

  • death2usall death2usall

    It is a bit late for any of us to be getting angry. Anyone with half a brain realized immediately after the tsunami that we, and future generations are toast. Anyone who believed otherwise was simply too frightened to face reality. The fact that no governments from around the world are, or have been loudly addressing this is further evidence of the known lethality of the event. There is not now, and never has been, any solution to this meltdown issue. Covering this mess with some sort of doe was never an option as the reactor cores would, of course, do exactly what you re now told they are doing. How do any of you believe there was ever any option for containing the cores that melted down?
    Enjoy your life while you remain healthy.

  • death2usall death2usall

    It is a bit late for any of us to be getting angry. Anyone with half a brain realized immediately after the tsunami that we, and future generations are toast. Anyone who believed otherwise was simply too frightened to face reality. The fact that no governments from around the world are, or have been loudly addressing this is further evidence of the known lethality of the event. There is not now, and never has been, any solution to this meltdown issue. Covering this mess with some sort of dome was never an option as the reactor cores would, of course, do exactly what you're now told they are doing. How do any of you believe there was ever any option for containing the cores that melted down?
    Enjoy your life while you remain healthy.

    • Au Au

      Yeah, I get that. I got that from the moment it blew up.
      I have battled getting my kids through Chernobyl while living in Europe in a fallout zone- importing food, going vegan overnight for years to save the children and now this!

      I spit in the face of nuclear.