Tepco: Strontium leaking into ocean — Tons more highly contaminated water enters sea — “TEPCO has apologized for the incident and says it will determine the cause and extent of the leakage”

Published: April 5th, 2012 at 12:31 am ET


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Title: Another strontium leak at Fukushima nuclear plant
Source: NHK
Date: Thursday, April 05, 2012 10:23 +0900 (JST)

Tokyo Electric Power Company says more radioactive wastewater has leaked from its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The water contained high levels of strontium.

[…] the company says some of the wastewater may have flowed into a ditch leading to the ocean.

TEPCO has apologized for the incident and says it will determine the cause and extent of the leakage. […]

Title: Strontium at Fukushima plant flows into sea
Source: NHK
Date: Thursday, April 05, 2012 12:34 +0900 (JST)

[…] TEPCO says about 12 tons of wastewater leaked from a disconnected joint in the pipe. The company also says it believes that a large portion of the water has flowed into the ocean through a nearby drainage ditch.

The utility is trying to determine how the joint became disconnected, and how much water poured into the sea. […]

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Published: April 5th, 2012 at 12:31 am ET


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26 comments to Tepco: Strontium leaking into ocean — Tons more highly contaminated water enters sea — “TEPCO has apologized for the incident and says it will determine the cause and extent of the leakage”

  • Tepco is unable to decontaminate all of the radioactive water produced from its continuous "feed and bleed" process

    On March 29, 2012 a Japanese professor of nuclear engineering reported “Unfortunately, all we can do is keep pumping water inside the reactors” in response to reports that the drywell inside reactor 2 had radiation levels of 72.0 sieverts an hour.

    source: Hiroko Taubchi “Japan Nuclear Plant May be Worse Off Than Thought.” New York Times (2012, March 29): http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/world/asia/inquiry-suggests-worse-damage-at-japan-nuclear-plant.html?_R=1&src=tp

    Dumping contaminated water into the sea is probably ongoing, with consequences that will be both unprecedented and terrible…

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    When you keep dumping water into a cup with a hole in it the expected result is that you plug the hole. The problem is the hole is 70sv/h strong and has more holes underneath it. The fact that 12 tons went missing is just a drop in the bucket compared to what is seeping into the ground. Miniature fission events have been happening for the past 5 months yet they fail to report any of that information. How nice of them to say they screwed up and let a little extra go. Once TEPCO's done posturing about how generous they are for releasing the information in the first place I'm guessing the rhetoric about "cold shutdown" will come up again. May these industry pig die in multiple car fires.

  • they dont know where it is leaking and how much exactly but one thing is for sure: the water conains strontium only and the other 100 or so radionuclides that can be found in reactors are absent.
    hail clean nuke energy …..
    highly selective leaking may become a nice new PR wording.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    The meaning of apology to me is, you are sorry and regret something has happened. When you are sorry and give an apology, that does not mean you should repeat the situation again.

    If this is a true apology, then end nuclear power, so nothing like this ever happens again.

    You are truly sorry or you're not. End Nuclear Power

    • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

      I agree and am tired of hearing the apologies.

      These apologies mean nothing outside of the Japanese culture. To me, an American, they seem quaint, old-fasioned and make those apolgizing seem weak and lost.

      Here what they should say, "We have screwed up. Here is the problem. This is how it impacts you. Here is what you should do to help yourself while we try to fix the problem. Gotta go now, much to do."

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        All apologies mean nothing here..in any language.
        And the fact that apologies are even offered is galling.

  • Truth


    I tried to reason with people that this is a brazen insult to the world – this headline assumes nothing else is even remotely as importantly wrong there! As you can imagine – I was verbally beaten by the sheep and their herders.

    • jec jec

      Wonder how the FDA will recall the Pacific Ocean? Its going to be cancer causing..

    • Hello Truth, I have the same problem when trying to say something intelligent at yahoo.

      re: trolls
      Their tactics remain the same. Name calling, making ridiculous comparisons and never using FACTS about radioactive particle contamination and it's affect on ALL living things.
      (Remember, many of these people have their savings invested in utility companies. I am sure some also reply just to be annoying.)

      Is it "fear-mongering" to want to talk about a difficult subject and have people be aware?


      Is it "criminal negligence" to NOT talk about it?

      I think I know the answer.

  • stopnp stopnp

    All I can do is laugh. Then cry. Three known meltdowns, can't keep ex-vessel fuel cool= broken piping and holes in the ground. From march 11 2011. Which means this water has been leaking from the start. They could probably guve us a real estimate as to how much really got out. They won't though 🙂 I hope someone working there is keeping records for the tribunals.

  • Gotham


    They are slowly "dissolving" the nuclear lava into the soil which then "flows" slowly into the ocean.

    But the ocean is huge – so the effects will be dilluted.

    It's a new double take on the "solution by dillution" remedy put forth by the nuclear whores.

  • kintaman kintaman

    Apologized? Well then everything is OK! Great work TEPCO!
    The absolute morons will be the destruction of Japan plain and simple. Is Japan, and for that matter the rest of the world, going just sit there and let the country slide into the fire pit??

    When will the leaders and people of surrounding nations such as Korea (South and North), Taiwan, China, Philippines, etc stand up and take action against the criminals that are destroying their ocean?

  • jec jec

    Again, think Japan has "something on them"–likely the same cover-ups we have seen in Japan. The cover-up of the dangers of Nuclear energy. What is so sad, we all want the same thing-a good living, safety, family, security, peace — and that is exactly what has been sacrificed…

  • markww markww

    apologized HELL NO TEPCO Seems to me they do not know what to do I remember three or 4 months ago I suggested they pump liquid concrete and elements into the cracks under the plant to PUT DOWN a protective PAD, and to stop the pollution process and also hold the nuclear material, so now we are going to have a polluted Pacific Ocean, where all fishing will be stopped the water will flow all over the world and pollute every ocean,and fish and end of all life forms.

    LOOKS LIKE mankind has opened the DEATH GENIE and have no way or education enough to stop the ongoing death leakage. And unable to stop the reactions and problems in the reactors and every engineer is probably bitten off all their nails and do not know what to do It might be beyond all known knowledge.

  • Sickputer

    Yes, another of the taboo words (Stontium) merits a rare Tepco mention. The very same bone-seeking, cancer-inducing radionuclide frequently bandied about in the duck and cover era of the Cold War.

    Tepco said several months ago they haven't been filtering strontium in their Rube Goldberg water circulating systems, but planned to do so in September 2012.

    Hard to understand why this company still is in business until you look at the dynamics of the Japanese power brokers entailing a sinking raft of money-hungry scavengers trying to prop up not only the Japanese economy at any cost, but also getting whispers of equally confused advice from their 60-year old American puppet masters. Do not be surprised at any actions taken by this confused nuclear cabal.

    The power brokers care first for their job security and maintaining the status quo for the national economies. A distant second is concern for the health of the human race. This mindset is going to be difficult to maintain if the top shelf bureaucrats begin to fear for their own safety and the health of their families.

    The Fukushima Daiichi continuing radioactive fallout has no economic agenda and presents an alien enemy unlike the tiny plant at Chernobyl. Politicians and average citizens can't grasp the concept that a single nuclear plant has dire global consequences as well as fairly swift and certain destruction for people within 1,000 miles of the epicenter. It is out of control with no end in sight.

  • billyedtimmy

    "I am become death, the destroyer of worlds… but I apologize" – TEPCO.

  • dosdos dosdos

    What few tons of contaminated water that leak into the Pacific from the surface is negligible compared to what is leaking into the Pacific from the ground water fed by the water pumped into the leaking reactors.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Aging Reactors, Lies, Deceptions, Profits And Earthquakes; via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/aging-reactors-lies-deceptions-profits.html

    The Art of Deception: The Cult of Nuclearists, Uranium Weapons and Fraudulent Science, via A Green Road Blog

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

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

  • Lee Binder

    FUKUSHIMA and the Japanese "Nuclear Village" – the biggest crime against the planet – EVER, ONGOING, UNSTOPPABLE ..

    .. most of us here know (or at least sense) that polluting the Oceans is a completely different *dimension* than polluting the air .. deeper, vaster (not just literally ..)

    I am happy for each being that does *not* get force-born unasked into this so f***d up world ..