Tepco Official in US: “We are still seeing leakage” — Contaminated groundwater seeping into reactor areas

Published: January 15th, 2013 at 10:54 pm ET
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Title: Fukushima recovery aided by SRS cleanup technology
Source: The Augusta Chronicle
Author: Rob Pavey
Date: Jan. 15, 2013

[...] Even after almost two years of nonstop cleanup work, managing the flow of water contaminated with radiation continues to be one of site’s most significant challenges, [Masumi Ishikawa, TEPCO’s general manager for radioactive fuel management] said.

“We are still seeing leakage,” he said. “That is an important challenge we must meet.”

Maintaining the essential flow of cooling water to the melted reactors, he said, has been complicated by the need to remove and treat contaminated groundwater that has seeped into the reactor areas since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

[...] Ishikawa said the plant site will almost certainly play some sort of role in the future.

“Our new prime minister explicitly has said, Japan’s revitalization will not happen without the revitalization of Fukushima Dai-ichi,” he said.

See also: 'Impermeable wall' between leaking Fukushima reactors and ocean yet to be built -- Tepco still working on silt fence (PHOTO)

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28 comments to Tepco Official in US: “We are still seeing leakage” — Contaminated groundwater seeping into reactor areas

  • charlie3

    "“Our new prime minister explicitly has said, Japan’s revitalization will not happen without the revitalization of Fukushima Dai-ichi,” he said."
    Japan isn't going to be revitalized (given new life). Fukushima has decided that.


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    • aigeezer aigeezer

      charlie3, he may be unwittingly telling the truth. From a logician's perspective he said something like "the revitalization of Fukushima Dai-ichi is a necessary precondition for the revitalization of Japan."

      We here at Enenews tend to believe the revitalization of the plant is an impossibility.

      His position thus becomes "an impossible thing must happen before Japan can be revitalized."

      Since impossible things do not happen, he appears to be acknowledging that Japan cannot be revitalized. What he thinks he said is another matter, of course.


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      • PavewayIII PavewayIII

        "…We here at Enenews tend to believe the revitalization of the plant is an impossibility…"

        Wishful thinking, @aigeezer? It would be nice if core meltdowns resulted in plant closings, but don't underestimate greed. Look no further than Chernobyl or TMI.

        TEPCO already had plans for two new and improved PWR reactors at Daichi. All they need to do is paint over the cracks in reactor #5 and #6 and they'll be as good as new, too. Toss in a couple of new gigawatt BWRs on the same piece of crumbling fault lines and Ichi Dai Ichi is back in business. They're not going to worry about protests at the plant because they have a 10km protester-free zone of death around the plant.

        Attention Yakuza: Commence Japanese revitalization in 3… 2… 1… Meltdown!

        Besides, why worry? It will be DIFFERENT this time. They promise.


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      • PavewayIII PavewayIII

        To be more specific, reactors #1 – 34 are now their own burial sites. The coriums are well on their way to Argentina – just toss some dirt in the smoking hole. The can't build new reactors on top.

        Daiichi's revitalization will be #5 – #8. There's already land to the north designated for #7 and #8.

        No, I don't think its a good idea. This is simply an observation based on the last thirty years of watching how the nuclear industry works.

        It will not be DIFFERENT this time. They do what seems to work, and they can remain insane and profitable far longer than activists can remain rational and solvent.


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        • aigeezer aigeezer

          PavewayIII – I hear you. My guess is that physics will win out though – the site will remain "too hot to handle", no matter what plans and dreams they come up with. I guess we're all along for the ride either way. Yuck!


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          • Anthony Anthony

            I agree with all of you guy`s(?) points on topic. I think this is an intellectual buy-in process where they are taking an assumptive posture in making a large statement that Nuclear is and will be staying in town. Kind of saying the people have no real choice really.


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        • papacares papacares

          @PIII – very strange plan, build more reactors so China/NORK's can destroy entire country, pacific and USA, very much instead of just a lot


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          • PavewayIII PavewayIII

            Japan is just the warm-up act for nuclear disasters. China's reactor accidents will kill half the planet, starting with the nearest downwinders: Japan.

            Don't expect too much media coverage of Chinese accidents. Death penalty for publishing pictures of nuclear plants. Kind of like the U.S., I guess.


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  • Sickputer

    +311. I didn't realize Abe was stark raving mad until now. His filters must have failed him during his dog and pony show November 29.


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    "we are still seeing insanity";

    psychopathic leaders become laughing stock when charging toward annihilation..

    Think of this; it is we, the public, who fed, clothed and financed these nut jobs that ruined the planet. Who is more foolish?

    “Our new prime minister explicitly has said, Japan’s revitalization will not happen without the revitalization of Fukushima Dai-ichi,”


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  • We Not They Finally

    Prime Minister Abe is an insane Cold War relic who wants to build Japan MILITARILY. Look up journalist Yoichi Shimatsu who uncovered his ties to the Cheney cabal in bringing dangerous nuclear programs to Japan. That ANYONE thinks that a complex of reactors which has melted into CORIUM, straight through the ground, could/should be "revitalized" is criminally insane and belongs in The Haag, not in leadership in Japan. But you know what? They like Fukushima so much? Let them set up headquarters there and call it "Fukushima Hotel." See how long they last and good riddance.


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  • Max1 Max1

    Please note:
    Tepco is complaining about contaminated water seeping INTO the reactor buildings…
    … Lack of their concern over seepage OUT OF the buildings is nonexistent because TEPCO believes everything is under control. And if it's under control, nothing TEPCO does is ever out of control.

    QUESTION:
    Where did that contaminated ground water come from Mr. TEPCO?


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    • PurpleRain

      I noticed the way they were phrasing it about the contaminated water leaking into the reactor, but I wondered if it was just one of those "lost-in-translation" type slip-ups of language. Could it even be possible that they are looking at this from the totally upside-down and backwards framework of trying to "protect the reactor" versus "protect the public?" I wish someone would just grab tis guy by the collar and slam him against a wall and knock some sense into him! Argggg!!!


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    • Anthony Anthony

      Great point – it makes me wonder if this is result of the half-truthing whereby they failed to explain the seeping incoming groundwater is HORRENDOUSLY HIGHLY contaminated water? That yes, your point of origination is valid but in the meanwhile, because they haven't really released groundwater contamination data to us, they cant flat out state how the groundwater eats through their boots when stepped in? I don't know if my theory is right, but given TEPCO, it oddly fits the scenario.


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  • Sol Man

    Yes, this is the problem from day one. And, how can the earth and all of creation maintain with the trillions and quadrillions of becquerels that are continually being released?


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  • Replacant Replacant

    "Lack of their concern over seepage OUT OF the buildings" that was my first thought too. There were report about reactor core leaking the most highly radioactive water initially. In recent revelations it seems leakage from the cores has been continual and we are supposed to be worried about contaminated water going into the buildings?!

    What will the Pacific Ocean be in 10 years with this leakage? How much will tuna be when it has the proverbial third eye from the 'Simpsons'? The lack of progress is one thing, the lies and lack of urgency is becoming the real disaster.


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  • pcjensen

    “Our new prime minister explicitly has said, Japan’s revitalization will not happen without the revitalization of Fukushima Dai-ichi,”

    that's a losing attitude, no way Fuku is going to be revitalized. Abe: Fails Japan and the world.


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  • Cesium levels in fish off Fukushima not dropping. Aashi Shimbun. Oct 26, 2012
    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201210260047

    [Excerpted] "The (radioactivity) numbers aren't going down. Oceans usually cause the concentrations to decrease if the spigot is turned off," Buesseler told The Associated Press in an interview.

    "There has to be somewhere they're picking up the cesium."

    "Option one is the seafloor is the source of the continued contamination. The other source could be the reactors themselves," he said.

    …Hideo Yamazaki, a marine biologist at Kinki University, agrees with Buesseler's theory that the cesium is leaking from the Fukushima nuclear plant and that it will contaminate seafood for more than a decade.

    He said he believes the plant will continue to leak until cracks and other damage to the three reactors that melted down are repaired. It's unclear when that work will be completed, or even how, because radiation levels in the reactors are too high for humans or even robots.

    "The current levels of contamination in the fish and seafood from the Fukushima coast will continue for a while, perhaps more than 10 years, judging from the progress in the cleanup process," Yamazaki said in an email.


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  • April 5, 2011
    U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan’s Nuclear Plant
    By JAMES GLANZ and WILLIAM J. BROAD

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/04/05/world/asia/20110405-japan-leak.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha22

    Margaret Harding, a former reactor designer for General Electric, warned of aftershocks and said, “If I were in the Japanese’s shoes, I’d be very reluctant to have tons and tons of water sitting in a containment whose structural integrity hasn’t been checked since the earthquake.”


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  • Mack Mack

    So some TEPCO reps visited the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina to get advice on how to clean up the nuclear mess.

    A Savannah River engineer said, “While they are here, they can see the end states – they can see firsthand that there can be results and successes.”

    However:

    (1) Only 4 out of 51 "underground carbon-steel waste storage tanks" full of radioactive goo at the SRS site have been cleaned up in +/- 50 years!

    Two in 1997 and two in 2012.

    "About 37 million gallons of highly radioactive liquid waste remain in 47 waste tanks…"

    http://www2.wjbf.com/news/2012/sep/13/savannah-river-site-reaches-significant-milestone-ar-4538993/

    (2) A SRS plant to clean up waste is "years past its completion deadline and millions of dollars over budget."
    http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2013-01-02/waste-facility-srs-wont-be-finished-until-2018


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "managing the flow of water contaminated with radiation continues to be one of site’s most significant challenges"

    Here is how to manage contaminated ground water that is pouring into the Pacific Ocean:
    *Acknowledge the reality, that the problem is not from water leaking INTO the Reactor Buildings1,2,&3, but, rather is from ground water coming into contact with Corium1,2,&3 that lies in mudrock UNDER Buildings1,2,&3, and flowing on into the Pacific Ocean, comtaminating the world's largest ocean.
    * Design and build a Closed Loop Heat Sink to keep the corium cool, while preventing the ongoing calamitous contamination of the Pacific Ocean.
    * Build a cofferdam 100' into mudrock using interlocking steel pilings. The cofferdam extends completely around the Harbor, and around Buildings 1,2,3,&4.
    * Pipe water from the bottom of the Harbor to a series of 50'–100' deep injection wells, located uphill from Buildings1,2,3,&4, within the cofferdam perimeter.
    * Water from the injection wells flows around the corium, keeping it cool and stable, and back into the Harbor, where it is cooled for recirculation.
    The ongoing contamination of the Pacific Ocean must be stopped now.
    This will be a costly project. But what is the cost of the destruction of the Pacific Seafood Industry?


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    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Where is the corium, TEPCO?

      Of course, TEPCO would need to MAP the corium under Buildings1,2,&3, in order to PLAN a Closed Loop Heat Sink. Instead, TEPCO orthodoxy claims that the corium is still WITHIN Containment1,2,&3. This hasn't been the case since March, 2011. Video and still photos of Containment1 show still water on the bottom, with whispy steam. If the super hot corium were still nearby, we would see roiling water and thick clouds of roiling steam. Proof that the corium is long gone out of the bottom of Containment1. http://photo.tepco.co.jp/en/date/2012/201210-e/121011-01e.html

      More on Closed Loop Heat Sink: Building cooling towers to cool ground water is also a possibility, if time permits. This would leave the harbor open for the delivery of cofferdam steel, and concrete for the construction of dry cask storage facilities, and the sarcophagus cover for Buildings1,2,3,&4. In this case, the seaward leg of the cofferdam would be built along the seawall at the waters edge of the Harbor, as was once planned.

      The Seawall Cofferdam Project was put on hold, IMO, because TEPCO realized that stopping the continuous flow of ground water around Corium1,2,&3 would heat the corium up, and cause more serious atmospheric contamination.


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  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    Shinzo Abe is an epic apocalypse baiter…


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