Tepco Official: Fukushima Daiichi is on ocean and groundwater is close to surface — A ‘daunting challenge’ to keep radioactive material from spreading?

Published: January 18th, 2013 at 11:48 am ET


Title: Japanese cleanup officials see how Hanford does it
Source: Tri-CityHerald
Author: Annette Cary
Date: January 18, 2013

[…] At Hanford’s new 200 West Pump and Treat plant, Hanford’s largest and most sophisticated plant for cleaning contaminated groundwater, the TEPCO visitors heard about the different systems to strip radioactive and organic chemical pollutants out of water pumped out of the ground.

Clean water then is injected back into the ground on two sides of the plume of contaminated water, helping to keep contamination from spreading.

“We’re using clean water to control the plume,” said Bill Barrett of CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co.

Fukushima might have a more daunting challenge. Hanford is in the desert, but Fukushima is in a mountainous area close to the ocean, [Masumi Ishikawa, general manager of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Department for TEPCO] said.

Groundwater is close to the surface there, and before the 2011 disaster, it had a pumping program to make sure basements had no leaks. […]

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Published: January 18th, 2013 at 11:48 am ET


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18 comments to Tepco Official: Fukushima Daiichi is on ocean and groundwater is close to surface — A ‘daunting challenge’ to keep radioactive material from spreading?

  • norbu norbu

    Hanford site is leaking, please do not take lessons from them.

    • Mack Mack


      They should watch this video which discusses Hanford:


      > 170 gigantic concrete tanks built in 1943 to hold radioactive waste. The tanks were supposed to be temporary.

      > 200 million litres of highly radioactive gunge remains there

      > In the 1980's, they found 60 of the tanks were leaking contamination into the groundwater

      > A 2002 DOE report confirmed Strontium 90 in Columbia River fish – 13 out of 15 fish caught were contaminated

      > A Nuclear physicist found

      (a) TRITIUM contamination of the Columbia River; from 2.5 to 13 Bq per litre
      (b) Four times more uranium than radium, which is abnormal ratio
      (c) Europium-152
      (d) said the site continually leaks and drags radioactive elements into the waters that slowly migrate to the Columbia River

      > A nuclear engineer said the ground water near the site will remain toxic for hundreds of thousands of years – primarily chromium – salmon laying eggs in this

      > At Hanford, they cut down contaminated trees and put stones over a contaminated area – so "everything is hidden"


  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    nuclear proponents should all be implanted with a lethal dose of radioactive material, or cyanide or DDT, in a capsule that eventually degrades. This would remind them that the earth is a singular body, the ecosystem, and eventually the planet-wide lethal dose will poison the system.

    The cheetah that can run 70 mph, birds that fly nonstop across oceans…so many animals are in the status of avatars as seen in the popular movie. Man is more like a fragile worm who brought destruction to the earth and her creatures and without remorse. Yet we are nature; such is the irony

    • m a x l i

      Your implanted capsule idea sounds cruel, and I'm sure you don't mean it literally. But, hey, they can't complain – no immediate health risk!

      My compliment to all your intelligent postings here!


        looking at the assigned time-stamp, m a x l i, it was more than mere coincidence that we both responded the way we did…


      scary thoughts from one who'd claim concern for all living things…

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        I would give them the option; stop the insanity or live with the implant! Of course its not literal, but maybe it SHOULD be. After all, its happening that their containment failure is threatening the lives of all the animals on earth. For me, the salient point is that the huge poisonous risks involved with nuclear were plain to even children, yet now the lives of millions will be destroyed. Neither this stark reality, nor our complaints have enlightened the perpetrators of the madness. What would YOU do with those people?

  • Stephengn

    Hey everyone,

    Representative Ed Markey is running for the senate seat vacated by John Kerry in Massachusetts. I don't have any kind of faith in congress or the government in general. Still, If you live in Massachusetts PLEASE support and help Mr Markey get this senate seat. He is firmly anti nuclear and a very green minded guy

    • Mack Mack

      Rep. Markey would make an excellent Senator.

      • richard richard

        Thanks Mack for pointing that out, I'd made the mistake of calling him senator elsewhere. Guess it was pre-emptive 😉

    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      I used to live and vote in MA before moving to Florida, but I'm sharing your comment on Facebook to remind all my friends/family who do still live there. Thank you!

  • Mack Mack

    254,000 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium in Murasoi fish found by the harbor of Fukushima Daichi npp.



    • Sickputer

      Thanks Pattieb.

      Re: Excellent Youtube video of Natgeo's global nuclear plant meltdowns and resulting Northern Hemispher plume dispersal:

      SP: I only have one bone to pick with their research:

      Natgeo narrator:

      "If conditions are right…it could reach as far as North Africa."


      SP: Great clip, but certainly we know now after Fukushima that far more than just North Africa will receive fallout. There is no guaranteed haven in the Southern Hemisphere.

      The vaunted atmospheric shielding belt of the Equator is not as dense scientists once believed:

      Reporting on Fukushima's first major radiation plumes in March-April 2011:

      "For the first four weeks, the radioactive materials remained confined to the northern hemisphere, with the equator initially acting as a dividing line between the northern and southern air masses. As of 13 April, radioactivity had spread to the southern hemisphere of the Asia-Pacific region and had been detected at stations located for example in Australia, Fiji, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea."


      SP: The atmosphere is a fragile thin layer that shields life on this planet. Far more fragile than the nucleocrats would like you to believe.

  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    Thank you PattieB