Tepco spokesman admits Fukushima reactors may be continuously leaking into ocean

Published: October 25th, 2012 at 9:53 pm ET
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Title: Fish Off Fukushima, Japan, Show Elevated Levels of Cesium
Source: New York Times
Author:  HIROKO TABUCHI
Date Published: October 25, 2012

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The operator of the Fukushima plant, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, said that the site no longer released contaminated water into the ocean, and that radiation levels in waters around the plant had stabilized.

But Yoshikazu Nagai, a spokesman for the company, said he could not rule out continued leaks into the ocean from its reactors, the basements of which remain flooded with cooling water.

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And what will Tepco do with the contaminated water they manage to contain? Either dump it in the sea after ‘decontamination’ or:

Watch a Japanese engineer discuss Tepco’s plans to put Fukushima’s contaminated water in an underground pit here

Published: October 25th, 2012 at 9:53 pm ET
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12 comments to Tepco spokesman admits Fukushima reactors may be continuously leaking into ocean

  • nonuke nonuke

    Another shocking breaking news story ..the sun is very very hot ;-p


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Fuku Coriums are cooled by ground water flowing around them, and directly into the Ocean. The coriums are leaching, and high radiation is flowing into the Pacific. So TEP.gov lies like a rug. Radiation up the food chain can be expected to remain high for the next, oh, 30,000 or 40,000 years or so. Something better be done about this soon, or else the Pacific Ocean Seafood Industry will collapse. Nothing from TEPCO so far, except that their tanks are full, and they need to dump water in the Ocean.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    This nuclear mishap is the responsibly of nuclear agencies and nuclear industries of the world (not just the responsibly of one electric company, on one island). And I'll be repeating this for many years to come …every day, until every woman, child and man fully understands.


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  • dosdos dosdos

    May be, could be, might be, possibly……. Doesn't anyone in the Japanese government or corporations know how to say "IS"?


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  • "There should have been much lower numbers,” said Ken Buesseler, senior scientist at the Woods Hole"

    Let this be a lesson for all of us how even good hearted experts can be wrong.

    Why does every one involved in this insanity seem to get away scott free just like perhaps your own local politician?


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  • 1. The operator said that… "the site no longer released contaminated water into the ocean…"

    Which means that at one time they most certainly DID DUMP into the ocean.

    2. "…he could not rule out continued LEAKS into the ocean…"
    (The basements of which remain flooded with cooling water.)

    Wouldn't it make more sense to say… There is a high likelihood of leaks so we are treating the situation as if it were contaminating the ocean.

    But instead they say… We don't see a leak, therefore we will assume there is no leak.

    We all know what happens when one… assumes. (?)


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  • razzz razzz

    http://ratical.org/radiation/Chernobyl/Chernobyl@10p2.html

    http://www.ratical.org/radiation/Chernobyl/Chernobyl@10p1.html

    The Chernobyl disaster seems to set the guidelines for reporting nuclear accidents. Hide it first, downplay it second, then release the actual and worst data

    "…The U.S. government's Argonne National Lab has said that 30 percent of the reactor's total radioactivity — 3 billion of an estimated 9 billion curies — was released.[6] And scientists at the U.S. Lawrence Livermore National Lab suggested that one-half of the core's radioactivity was spewed — 4.5 billion curies, according the World Information Service on Energy, quoting Science, 6-13-86.

    Vladimir Chernousenko, the chief scientific supervisor of the "clean up" team responsible for a 10-kilometer zone around the exploded reactor, says that 80 percent of the reactor's radioactivity escaped, something like seven billion curies.[7] At the Union of Concerned Scientists, senior energy analyst Kennedy Maize, concluded that "the core vaporized" — all 190 tons of fuel, and all 9 billion curies.[8]

    Former Chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Joseph Hendrie, concluded likewise, saying "They have dumped the full inventory of volatile fission products from a large power reactor into the environment. You can't do any worse than that."[9]…"

    Russia took contaminated cow's milk, powered it, stored it, until the Iodine decayed away, then sold it.


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  • razzz razzz

    Might as well read up on Iodine according to the US EPA…

    http://www.epa.gov/rpdweb00/radionuclides/iodine.html

    Just one of many (hundreds) man made radionuclides released by nuclear plants or nuclear bombs that end up in background radiation levels.


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  • arclight arclight

    Plight of Fukushima’s heroic emergency workers

    The men express in different ways the
    conflicted feelings that linger on. Mr Yoshizawa choked with emotion
    when he explained how the men fought a losing battle to save their
    local towns and villages. Then he added: “But in Japanese society,
    many view us as the perpetrators.”

    http://nuclear-news.net/2012/10/26/plight-of-fukushimas-heroic-emergency-workers/#more-32000


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  • Atomfritz Atomfritz

    If the Tepco statements are true. they keep the water level in the basements below groundwater level, so there is no reason to expect that a relevant part of the dirt leaks.


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