Tepco: Immediate environmental concern due to radioactive leak at Fukushima plant — ‘Rupture’ allowed contamination to escape — May already be in groundwater

Published: April 6th, 2013 at 9:29 am ET


The Asahi Shimbun: About 120 tons of contaminated water has leaked from an underground storage tank at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and may have mixed with underground water […] TEPCO estimated that the water contained about 710 billion becquerels of radioactivity and leaked through the joints of protective sheets of the storage tank. […] [The water’s] highly contaminated because it contains other radioactive materials, such as strontium. The radioactivity level of the water is about 290,000 becquerels per cubic centimeter. […]

The Asahi Shimbun: TEPCO had been checking for possible leaks by measuring radioactivity levels of water from a hole dug near the tank. Until last month, however, the radioactivity level of the water had been so low that it was impossible to detect any leakage. But on April 3, 20 becquerels of radioactivity per cubic centimeter was detected, followed by 35 becquerels the next day. At 3 p.m. on April 5, workers took water from an area between the clay layer and a polyethylene layer. At 10 p.m. they found that the radioactivity level of the water was about 6,000 becquerels. TEPCO suspects that joints in the sheets of the polyethylene layer had ruptured […]

Al Jazeera,  April 6, 2013: TEPCO detected the leak earlier this week, when radiation levels spiked in water samples collected in between the inner linings of the tank. Radiation levels in water samples taken outside the tank also have increased, an indication of the water leak, TEPCO spokesman Masayuki Ono said. The leak is not only an immediate environmental concern, but threatens TEPCO’s tightrope water management situation, he said.

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Published: April 6th, 2013 at 9:29 am ET


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79 comments to Tepco: Immediate environmental concern due to radioactive leak at Fukushima plant — ‘Rupture’ allowed contamination to escape — May already be in groundwater

  • redwing redwing

    Yeah, well, when you choose to store unbelievably radioactive crap in swimming pools, and in a part of the world where there are constant earthquakes, then prepare to watch as earthquake after earthquake causes further and further contamination of the environment.

    Oh BTW, what's the estimate for completing work on undoing Fukushima now? All of these rosy projections for this being put to rest in the next few decades are now worthless, right?

    (anybody have a link to that commercial GE used to run? something about "bringing good things to life")

    • It is ridiculous! It seems to be a 'limited hangout' kind of diversion. This video, taken from 17 km away, seems to be much more alarming to me…
      52.15 microSv/h, 1cm from road side dust, Namie, Fukushima pref., April 6.
      Birdhairjp is doing what the media isn't.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Yes, here it is.


      And this, quoted (1991 report)

      In a report released last year, "Bringing GE to Light: General Electric's Trail of Radioactive and Toxic Contamination from the Company's Nuclear Weapons Work," INFACT found that GE's nuclear weapons work has created environment health and safety nightmares across the United States.

      INFACT charges that GE knowingly contaminated residents of Washington, Oregon and Idaho with radioactive contamination from its Hanford nuclear weapons facility. Workers and communities faced similar dangerous contamination problems at GE facilities throughout the country.

      In addition, the report found that:

      GE ranks number 1 in Superfund sites, being a "potentially responsible party" at 51 sites as of August 1990.
      GE released more cancer-causing chemicals into the environment than any other U.S. company during 1988.
      conducting a nationwide repair program for over one million of its refrigerators, GE intentionally released more than 300,000 pounds of CFCs into the atmosphere, where they destroy the Earth's protective layer….
      In 1977, an epidemiologist noticed high levels of cancer and leukemia among workers at GE's plant in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He began a study that initially showed an excessive number of deaths. Then GE took over the funding and the provision of employee records for the study. In…

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        RE: report quoted above, the list goes on and on ….

        But am limited to quoting only a short section due to respect for copyright.

      • We Not They Finally

        G.E., they "bring good things to life" — well, if you believe in golems and doppelgangers and the pet project of Dr. Frankenstein….

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      There's a hole in the containment dear Tepco, dear Tepco, there's a hole…. Gee what about those leaks from the cracked containment vessels and the channels made by corium which not only flow into the Pacific Ocean but I'm sure the groundwater.

    • skizexq skizexq

      Good assessment, Redwing, of the state of affairs at nuke-spewing sites dotting the globe.
      Re: "what's the estimate for completing work on undoing Fukushima? "
      -Probably about as long as they've been saying it was going to take to clean up HANFORD in WA, since I graduated high school in 1980, "20-30 years" (how long?!!) (now leaking and potentially explosive)…hmmm that was 30+ yrs ago.
      Roll on mighty Columbia, roll on! (as Cohen might have said)

      The most polluted river on earth I heard said recently.

    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      They must have been talking about bringing all those two headed fish to life and the three-winged butterflies and oh…don't forget the human-jellyfish-like babies. (You do realize that most Nuclear Training Departments are only too pleased to pass around all the Simpson cartoon-jokes as part of their Power-Point classroom materials… Yeah. They all get a big laugh out of them and actually seem pleased by any little-bit of attention on that show to their chosen career-field).

  • jec jec

    Saran wrap has split– No kidding…
    "joints in the sheets of the polyethylene layer had ruptured"
    Good warm and fuzzy feeling everyone!!

    • Bones Bones

      Makes me laugh in a sick, relieving kind of way. Underground pools "protected" by basically TARPS are supposed to contain this crap?! The public trust these "experts" why again? I think my 13 yr old Niece could think of better solutions. Like I said in my previous post an article or two back, I think the fact Japan is quite literally speaking broke; They can not afford to even begin trying to contain this disaster. Just blows my mind. System economic problems in their friendly countries, even the "unfriendly," to them, Chinese would surely not want to be contaminated. The entire global economic system is corrupt and systemically broken and unsustainable. The world owes more than exists. At some point, I believe once the old people who are in power anyone above 50 are dead, will the young who have had to inhereit this death upon birth will any change begin for the better. I don't know about anyone else, but in my experience I've seen more "kids" act more adult-like than adults who seem to act like kids! ERGHHHH This just hits home, I read every day just about, but need to detach or I'd go nuts. It's frustrating not being able to help family.

      Ground water is already contaminated. Eventually, given decades, all that is possible to be released will and that's why these stories don't shock me anymore…just frustrate. Excuse my agism, but I'm not the only one to see this on a general level especially the ignorance. I know I'm a bad commenter…

  • IMO – "May already be" = It already is… 😉

  • weeman

    There is hundreds of single hulled oil tankers sitting idle throughout the world, although not perfect for storing radioactive water, but would be a much better than putting in plastic sheet lined underground tanks, that you can not see, you would think that they would have used rubber in a earthquake zone, at least that would be able to withstand earthquakes better.
    Why don't they use tanks on wheels like gas trucks, milk trucks, etc, at least you could store waste and at sometime transport to waste disposal facility and store them anywhere since you are running out of room at FNP. Simple minds.

    • We Not They Finally

      They've refused help from NUCLEAR experts from the start. Why would they accept oil tankers? All their efforts have been to "denying that Voldemort even exists." People have offered A LOT of good common sense ideas. There is just no sane core of people there to offer them to. But also: No, there AREN'T any safe waste disposal facilities. It would just be spreading the contamination around.

      • PurpleRain PurpleRain

        I'm wondering if the so-called "Help" from other countries comes with a HUGE price-tag attached? It would not surprise me if this is truly what is going on behing the scenes. We (the United States) or maybe even GE-itself, has probably already "offered-help" at an alarmingly HIGH COST to be paid by six or seven future Japanese-generations (if they even get 2 I would be surprised). Too bad I don't have a time-machine to find out.

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    Sooner or later liquefaction will take it all into the ocean anyway. Whether that tanks last 10 years or 100 years, it really doesn't matter.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Horrible no good technology, nuclear is wrecking everything.

  • Lion76 Lion76

    We all know the truth by now. When you look at "the totality" of everything, it's all over with. WE knew it then, we had hopes because we are hopeful people, but it's way beyond hopeful anymore. It's over, it's just a matter of time. I feel sorry for any kids who are just being born into this world. I really really do.

  • W8R W8R

    Compared to what they are flushing thru those reactors every day,
    this is trivial…

  • We Not They Finally

    Do their so-called "immediate environmental concern" also includes HUMANS? It seems like if it did, then all the humans in northern Japan would have been evacuated for two years now and counting….

  • razzz razzz

    Then this doesn't inspire confidence…

    [Leakage] Density of beta nuclide increased by 17%, radiation detected from 2 more reservoirs

    They haven't started trying to de-water and control the groundwater yet through their new wells to bypass and prevent fresh groundwater from mixing with radioactive water that came in contact with the melted cores.

    This leaking from the temporary ponds will make dewatering even more difficult as the entire site turns into a low level waste dump that is spreading deep into the groundwaters then out to sea besides the hot spots and no-go zones the melted cores and explosions already established.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      It's not low level nuclear waste. It's extremely high level nuclear waste. And the blind politicians, owned by the Yakuza and Mafia, really believe that this won't happen again. Good luck, world.

  • ftlt

    What can they really do about this whole thing???

    Is there a clean fix being put forth anywhere by anyone or a group???

    How can they work on it???

    How do they do it without sentencing workers to death by the 1,000s???

    They have delayed so long…. And it is right next to the ocean too..

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      They delayed because they never was anything that could be done to contain this. And there never will be enough money or technology to decommission all the nuclear reactors around the world. The elite just want to maintain their wealth as they die off from their very expensive toys.

      • Au Au

        anne, yep, that's the bottom line. It would be interesting to know how many of the nucleocrats moved their yachts from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere. They want to maintain their wealth, and at some point, not get lynched by the sheeple when the sheeple figure out that they (the sheeple) have already been killed in their sleep by nuclear. tick tock for e.v.e.r.y. living thing.

        Enjoy each day because today is better than tomorrow. Fact.

  • @weeman…
    " [nuclear] waste disposal facility "

    It's here for the half-lives of it's heaviest elements…

  • razzz razzz

    Without containment, nothing can be done. Radioactive pollution leaked from Fukushima wiped out an entire snail population up and down the immediate coast there besides the ongoing worldwide radioactive pollution.

    Arnie says to cap the units with concrete and come back in 100 or 300 years to deal with the cleanup. You can't cap them if you don't know where the melted cores are and/or they are still fizzling spontaneously. Water is cooling and shielding any parts of the melts and I don't know if they are cool or stable enough to be encased in concrete yet, even if they knew where all the melted cores are located.

    If they can't find and isolated the melted cores (contain them) this leaking of radioactivity will go on for centuries. At least exceed our lifetimes.

  • Lion76 Lion76

    When does the day come when Tepco finally admits it can do no more and has to abandon the place because it's too dangerous? What happens then? It's naive to think that we can even rely on "them" long enough to continue this dog and pony show. They are likely only there now because enough people are believing the lie, but what about when the truth starts manifesting itself in ways that can no longer be covered for? Do they then admit defeat? Do they have any incentive to not do that now, aside from carrying on with the lie for "national interests" or whatever reason they are using (is money really THAT important? I think even money has it's value limits) If we start seeing suicides of Tepco execs we will likely know what's about to happen. There is no coming back from this, the sheep have been asleep for too long and I feel that when the real outrage comes, it will truly be "every man for himself"

    I never like to think this way, but I'm a realist. I have no reasons to believe otherwise that it's heading down this path.

  • pcjensen

    no shit.

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    Hi ENEWSER's; I'm still going thru hell with the wife's ills and the current developments becoming known and even getting vaguely accurate MSM coverage finally has proven to silently answer some questions surrounding the sudden onset of critically ill cycles that ALWAYS seem to coincide with periods of elevated radiation detection in the USA with telling jetstream data along with symptoms of "unnamed illnesses" impacting nearly all animal species in various ways but with many strikingly similar symptoms & "flu-like" outbreaks prevalent following landfall & wind/weather dispersion & "hotspots" created via precipitation events and the (now)dreaded Spring Rains that post-311 only serve to remove Fukushima-born pollutants from the air but continually increase the soil/groundwater levels of the long-lived & most toxic of the long list of the things now able to be found at some level in every species & place it's reached on Earth(?)! Sadly the ground deposition of fallout & associated bio-accumulation of the radionuclides I KNOW in my heart and in my gut was the most likely cause of my wife's cancer & thyroid/neurological/seizure disorder that all began after 311 is enough "evidence" for ME to justify my conclusions as to The Fukushima ELE disaster & the Nuclear Industry and US Govt. leadership, policies, and so-called "protective agencies" caused part or ALL of her(our) suffering! My heart also goes out to the rest of you who like me are going thru "changes"!…

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      >>CONT'D>> changes in our own bodies and those around us including pets who've been in a generally unhealthy state that isn't usually diagnosed as what is obvious to "us", but usually unspoken of when researchers "are baffled by UNKNOWN, MYSTERY illness"(?)!! I can tell we've been hit with fresh "waves" of Fukushima fallout and plumes along with whatever mechanisms are at work now that allows ocean contaminants to spread inland or become airborne again and I shudder and feel so bad inside when I think of how concentrated the radiation levels must be in some of the hardest-hit West Coast areas based on what we've gotten here in NE IL and the way my Geiger Counter has been fluctuating wildly, often well above the alarm/alert threshold and the same,grey/black, sooty,gritty,sticky film that adhered to the white paint & glass areas of my Jeep XJ that I haven't washed the other layers of winter salt,etc. off of yet but NEVER has it been like "glue"!!(?) I posted something nearly identical when the April 2011 fallout had to be scrubbed off the cars! There's SO much happening SO FAST now that I can sense that "something" or a BUNCH of "something(s)" have happened or are about to go down and TEPCO actually using the terms "IMMEDIATE environmental threat/risk" in "emergency" press conference = TSHTF or is IMMINENT(?)!! Am I alone in my thoughts & observations?!! People who literally trusted me to wipe their ass STILL seem to dismiss the issue even ABC NEWS,etc…

      • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

        I have so much angst & concern associated with this issue that I'm sure has & will affect my spouses chances of recovery/survival & her suffering seems to "ebb & flow" with the waves of radiation releases making US landfall and then dispersed by the wind & weather that I find myself typing the world's longest sentences and when I finally get a short break from the medical/caregiver duties I wind up posting rambling rants that make me look like a madman or just an emotional asshole!!The thing is that these self-admitted, negative personality-social traits are recent developments my persona has undergone SINCE 311 and the misery, fear and distrust of those responsible!! I actually feel pretty stupid for not having seen what TPTB & their coveted "killing" technology and/or incompetence & collusion all the way to the TOP! I should've been out there screaming for an end to the Atomic Age LONG BEFORE 311 launched the series of burning images that comes to mind every time I respond to yet more topics related to the issue and the nausea I feel when I wake up every day to the realization that I'm still having the nightmare & I'm wide awake! Then I perform my spousal healthcare duties & if I'm lucky get to learn more bad news and then Fukushima & the visual image of a dark,dead planet Earth suspended in "radioactively-embalmed" state since even the bacteria that breaks down & decays organic material had been "sterilized" by the radiation…. 🙁 ~**

        • pcjensen

          I don't think those things about you. What we are all dealing with was never properly addressed before, we don't know how to handle this.

          • PurpleRain PurpleRain

            I don't think those thought about you either. I've read too many of your more tempered and insightful and intelligent comments..and hell…I have learned a lot from you over the last few months, from all of you really… and well, I hope you don't mind my own awkward and bubbling comments from time to time…esp when I might have that 2nd or third glass of wine at my side. I'm just trying my best to stay informed and trying my best to educate others who only want to close their eyes and close their ears at the slightest-barest-mention of the words Fukushima or Radiation. Johnny Blade, I wish the very best for you and your wife and esp for the heavy weight of having to care for another because that can indeed by very heavy and you need to know it's okay to vent and let off steam. Hell, That's why I love listening to others ..they say and express what I often can't. My best thought and prayers or … positive energy to you!

            • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

              Hi Purple Rain & HoTaters & the ENE Group!, I only have a few minutes to jump out here & say hello and THANKS for the kind words & support & just for putting up with me sometimes! I know I get wound-up & bent out of shape often and I appreciate all of you cutting me some slack since I reflect back on some of my own emotionally-charged posts and find that I seemed to dwell on MY problems with the issue and MY wife's cancer and there's SO MANY OTHERS who have,are & WILL have gone through the same thing I got my "crash course" in Cancer Caregiving 101 "hands-on" training before they will even come close to finding solutions to the continuing releases & radioactive deposition & bioaccumulation that new obstacles are even threatening the NON-DOABLE 40 yr. decommissioning timetable goal that neither us or those responsible for the faults leading up to the disaster will still be around for(?)!As a matter of fact "40" might be the 21st Century "lifespan expectancy" as it's looking now?!! If I don't get back out here EVERYONE HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!(or at least TRY to!) 😐 ~**

        • andagi andagi

          Dear Jonny Blade,
          Glad you posted. I'm so greatful for Admin, all posters & readers. ENENews has been the only truly vigilent news source for this horror since 3/11. The entire world benefits from knowlege, discussion and support offered here. Thanks to all!
          Please take good care JB.

          • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

            Thank You Pcjensen & andagi for the support and kind words! I may not get to mention everyone specifically as often as I'd like to since my daily routine is no longer "mine" if you know what I mean, but it is what it is & somebody has to do it! Taking care of my wife and actively calling for an end to the insanity and the apathy that may still be prevalent when ALL of the MSM & "official" sources are declaring a "IMMEDIATELY harmful public threat has been discovered"<2 years ago> with advice to shelter in place given & ignored(?)!! I don't know what to say except that I wish "they" were right and that radiation was "good" for living things even our own species despite everything else our kind has done harm to?!! None of us who actually CARE about the environment & are bothered by any living creature suffering don't deserve this!! The entranced masses don't even deserve this!! Being stoopid comes easy to man and ANYONE should get a "free pass" and given the benefit of a doubt on at least one major issue they're majorly WRONG about, but this "most pressing" of issues is NOT the one I'd have wanted to be the worst decision to adopt the worst position and/or IGNORE! But I'm still too wound up & wound up ranting again when I just wanted to say thanks & that I read nearly EVERYTHING that is posted in these threads and the Group always nails it with the follow-up links,comments & analysis of every facet of the disaster(s) in focus! ENEnews is ALL of us! 🙂 ~**

          • PurpleRain PurpleRain


      • HoTaters HoTaters

        No, Johnnie B. you are not alone. Most of the people I know here have battled a flu-like illness which struck them between late December and mid-February. Most of us have had lingering illnesses and respiratory infections lasting six weeks to 3 1/2 months (in my case). Felt like I was right on the border of dveloping atypical pneumonia for 3 1/2 months. And mnay of us have had severe fatigue unlike anything we've known before, along with this illness.

        My poor little dog was abandoned and living on the streets when the worst of the post 3/11 cloud hit, between 3/18 and 4/19. She has always been sickly, and the only thing which seems to give here lasting relief is liver and kidney detox and cleansing, and chelating heavy metals from her body (through radiation detox protocol).

        Sometimes colloidal silver helps me and my pet, but one has to go cautiously when doing this with pets. She's a lot healthier than she was two years ago, but seems to get stealth infections often. I have to assume her immune system is impaired from all the radiation exposure she got when she was a a puppy, and was living outdoors.

        Most of the song birds have been gone for two years. I remember when I moved here, and the cheering sound of birdsong filled the air every morning. There were HUNDREDS of songbirds along my street.

        Now it's like Rachael Carson's, "Silent Spring."

  • pcjensen

    nobody is thinking big enuff. Beyond Time to start designing living and food food growing spaces to protect from rads because there is no stopping the monster we know as Fuku. Occupy The Future. Now. I mean, Yesterday. Really. Time to stop watching thinking conjecturing… beyond time to act. Your children depend on you. Now I think we can embrace a new world order, not the one you expected.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      There is no way to do this…






      wood, fuel, metal…..


      All contaminated. No way to avoid it.

      There are ways to reduce exposure and to chelate out what comes in however.

  • Let's not worry about little leaks.

    Watch out for radioactive fish hitching rides on radioactive debris:

    2011 Tsunami Debris: Fish Found Inside Skiff That May Have Crossed Pacific After Japan Tragedy

    "The strangest stowaways yet have arrived on U.S. shores via debris possibly from the 2011 Japan tsunami: Live fish.

    The fish, which live off the coast of Japan and Hawaii, apparently made their way across the Pacific in a drifting 18-foot (5.5 meter) skiff. Of the five fish that made the journey, one is still alive and is being kept at the Seaside Aquarium in Oregon.

    "These fish could have been originally from Japanese waters, or they could have been picked up going close by the Hawaii coast," said Allen Pleus, the aquatic invasive species coordinator at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    This is the first time live vertebrates (animals with backbones) have been found in tsunami debris."

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      What about the fish that hang about below the debris? Anytime there is a raft of anything on the ocean, fish will congregate below it.

      Saying that there are no fish below the debris field is very worrying.

  • As if we're so surprised:

    Agence France-PresseApril 6, 2013 02:00
    Radioactive water may have leaked from Fukushima

    "Radioactive water may have leaked into the ground from a tank at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the operator said Saturday, the latest in a series of troubles at the crippled facility.

    Up to 120 tonnes of contaminated water may have escaped from one of the seven underground reservoir tanks at the tsunami-damaged plant, according to a Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) spokesman.

    The tank stores water used to cool down the reactors after radioactive caesium is removed but other radioactive substances remain.

    "We are transferring the remaining water from the tank to others," the TEPCO spokesman said, adding that the company believes the contaminated water was unlikely to flow into the sea."


    Linguistics 101:


    1. A tight and well-managed water management system with
    2. A 'tightrope" (precarious, dangerous, catastrophic) one

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Water temp is very high off the Fukushima Daiichi coast.


    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      @TBP; The highest sea temperatures ON EARTH! http://weather.unisys.com/surface/sst_anom.gif The only other thing I can think of that would show up as the hottest sea temp anomalies on the planet would be the world's hottest (& threatening?) volcanic activity that just happens to be centered right at Fukushima NPP!!(?)~ I would think that would be reason enough to SHUT THEM ALL DOWN!!

      • PurpleRain PurpleRain

        Isn't Japan much further north along the globe? That does seem high or hot. Those are the water temps that we have here in Florida right about now and we are much further or closer to the equator!

  • Sol Man

    Johnny, thanks for your passion and comments as you go through your own set of challenges with your wife. I hope she and you are doing well enough. Here, loved one also had/has some cancer issues, and I, am anticipating some day a diagnosis of same but it has not yet manifested. This disease is now near as common as the cold or allergies.

    My spirit sinks when I think of the children. My estranged progeny (by divorce) is half a country away in the NW and I worry about them a lot, especially with all of the rain there.

    I was in the solar business years ago. Business was good as we had 4-6 crews going out on installs every day and felt that I was doing something good for the world. Had some rather complex systems shunting the BTU's to various demands in the structure. It all ended with the demise of the tax credits. I can't imagine where we could have been if we had built upon the successes instead of destroying that industry. Peace.


  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    If they are owning up to radionuclides in the groundwater now, it probably happened sometime in 2011 from the corium below every containment.

  • Sickputer

    "News of the leak of contaminated water from a storage tank at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is the latest blow to local fishermen who had hoped to restart their livelihoods.

    Toshimitsu Konno, a fishing skipper who belongs to the Soma-Futaba fishermen’s union in Fukushima Prefecture, said he was disheartened by the leak that occurred in an underground storage tank and may have reached underground water. Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant operator, insists that contaminated water has not seeped into the sea."


    SP: Also in that article…lucky Tokyo residents get sardines and sand eels in their fish market:

    "Sand eel is one of the 14 species fishermen are allowed to catch on a preliminary basis.

    The marine product was shipped twice to the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo for sale, the second time fetching a higher price than the initial offering.

    Konno said he was happy to be able to return to fishing on the first day of trial operations.

    In the city of Iwaki to the south of the plant, members of the Iwaki fishermen’s union have cooperated with officials over the monitoring of radiation levels of young sardines and sand eels in the hopes that it may lead to an initial resumption of fishing."

  • "Fukushima has already released more than 6,400 times as much radioactive cesium as the Hiroshima bomb."

    Two Years On, Fukushima Raises Many Questions, Provides One Clear Answer
    Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00
    By Gregg Levine, Truthout | News Analysis

    "One of the places that will need some of the most intensive study is the Pacific Ocean. Because Japan is an island, most of Fukushima's fallout plume drifted out to sea. Perhaps more critically, millions of gallons of water have been pumped into and over the damaged reactors and spent fuel pools at Daiichi, and because of still-unplugged leaks, some of that water flows into the ocean every day. (And even if those leaks are plugged and the nuclear fuel is stabilized someday, mountain runoff from the area will continue to discharge radionuclides into the water.)
    Fukushima's fisheries are closed and will remain so as far into the future as anyone can anticipate.

    Bottom feeders and freshwater fish exhibit the highest levels of cesium, but they are only part of the picture. Ken Buesseler, a marine scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, described a complex ecosystem of ocean currents, food chains and migratory fish, some of which carry contamination with them, some of which actually work cesium out of their flesh over time. The seabed and some beaches will see increases in radiocontamination."

  • Jebus Jebus

    It's just a little bit…

    Aknowledge the minimal, hide the rest…

    Tepco finds second pit leaking in Fukushima
    Seepage minor but casts doubt on radioactive storage strategy


  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    It's a total failure of all nuclear industries of the world until Fukushima Daiichi is capped off completely …made to stop spewing, above and below ground. Weak, weak, weak.

  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    Well, I'm just going to express what has been rattling around in my brain recently. I was raised a Catholic, but I don't consider myself a religious-type person. I'm more of a Bill Maher-type, but…I was religiously brainwashed growing up, reading the Bible, etc. and I can't help but wonder about Chernobyl being Wormwood, and I can't help thinking that the key to the bottomless pit might be the Mariana Trench at the base of Japan.. (I know none of this is rational ..but … I donno. It's just bothering me some and so I just wanted to share it the only place that I can).

  • Tepco finds second pit leaking in Fukushima
    Seepage minor but casts doubt on radioactive storage strategy

    "A second underground storage pool is leaking radioactive water at the disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 power plant, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday.

    The first pool, No. 2, was found to have leaked 120 tons of highly radioactive water on Friday. The size of the leak at the second pool, No. 3, was confirmed at 3 liters late Sunday. The leaks are likely to force Tepco to review its storage strategy for the toxic water, which has become its biggest enemy.

    Since the leak is small, there are no plans to drain pool No. 3 into another storage area as is being done with pool No. 2, Tepco said.

    The pools are part of a group of seven vast clay-lined storage pits at the plant measuring 60 meters long, 53 meters wide and 6 meters deep. Since each is covered in three layers of protective waterproof lining, how the water escaped will remain a mystery until the faulty pits are drained and examined.

    Tepco said Saturday it detected just 0.11 becquerel of radioactive substances emitting beta particles, such as strontium, per cubic centimeter of groundwater found outside the external lining of pit No. 3 the same day. The radiation level was about double that detected Wednesday."

    • TEPCO floundering in dealing with sea of contaminated water

      Fishermen alarmed by water leak at nuclear plant
      April 07, 2013

      "The recent leaking of radioactive water from a storage tank at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant–and the suspected leak from a second tank–illustrate the plant operator’s challenge in safely disposing of increasing amounts of contaminated water, with no effective solution in sight.

      Tokyo Electric Power Co. said April 7 that it suspects a new smaller leak separate from the one that it confirmed the day before of about 120 tons of contaminated water from an underground storage tank at the nuclear complex. In a news conference, the utility said that it detected a small amount of radioactive materials outside the second tank, which is adjacent to the first leaking one.

      In a news conference early on the day before, Masayuki Ono, a TEPCO spokesman, explained how the leak occurred in the first tank.

      “Sheets made of polyethylene have lost the ability of retaining water and a small amount (of contaminated water) has leaked outside,” Ono said.

      On April 3, the utility detected radioactive materials in underground water surrounding the storage tank.

      But the company waited two days before reporting it to the government.

      “We believed a detailed investigation (of the situation) was needed (before reporting it to authorities),” Ono said, explaining the delay."

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Btw, staying focused on the utility company lets the nuclear industry get away with "everything". We should stay mindful of that.

  • James Hollen

    If Japan does not get a grip on this problem RIGHT NOW, this is going to make Chernobyl look like a girl scout picnic. IF is a big word and IF Japan doesn't stop this now I can't see how the country can survive as a nation.

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