TEPCO uses radioactive water from Reactors No. 5 and 6 to spray throughout Fukushima plant — Over 100 tons a day — Tanks close to overflowing

Published: October 9th, 2011 at 8:01 am ET


SOURCE: TEPCO uses low-level radioactive water to spray Fukushima nuclear compound, Mainichi, October 8, 2011

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has begun processing low-level radioactive water and spraying it […]

The water comes from the plant’s No. 5 and No. 6 reactors […]

The move is aimed at preventing trees felled on the plant compound from catching fire and dust containing radioactive materials from scattering, the utility said.

A daily amount of 100 cubic meters of water will be sprayed […]

Makeshift tanks and an artificial floating island, or “megafloat,” […] are close to overflowing.

Published: October 9th, 2011 at 8:01 am ET


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19 comments to TEPCO uses radioactive water from Reactors No. 5 and 6 to spray throughout Fukushima plant — Over 100 tons a day — Tanks close to overflowing

  • Japan almost always has a moderate to high amount of humidity and regular rainfall. I’ve never really witnessed any tinder conditions where fires were a concern nor really heard of many forest fires (unlike back home where I witnessed things get dry and saw forest fire warnings issued.) To my knowledge there has been regular rain all over Japan and there should be no elevated reason to fear fire. Likewise the weather is cooling off, so that if water is sprayed, I’d expect the wood to remain damp for a few days before it needs wetting again.

    This really seems like an excuse to get rid of the water since they can’t dump it to sea.

    I may be misinterpreting things, but in my 4 years living here, I’ve seen many cases where something that sounds like a good idea, is taken as a good idea without any of the realities being checked :-\

    I wondering if they’ll start bottling the water next and selling it as mineral water to support the disaster stricken area. That sounds like a good idea, right?

  • nuckelchen nuckelchen

    here is video too-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj43Jsl0R3w

  • dodge

    I don’t usually think in cubic meters, but it translates to somewhat over 25000 gallons per 100 cubic meters. If it really is low level, say something like 10% of dangerous levels, and they distribute this over say a third of the area each day, it will be at 100% dangerous in a month or less. This dose not take into account the already dangerous levels of radiation in the area. I don’t know of a better plan, but this one is filled with major problems.

    • I sure wouldn’t want to breath any of the fine mist or get it on me, the water filter machines were said to only remove cesium levels to a degree from early articles on there function !

  • Dr. McCoy

    After reading this Rosie’s Guardian piece, I recommend that any of my ignorant British friends who are actually planning to visit Tokyo first go to New Bond St. for a bespoke LEAD suit.
    Spock get us out of here!

  • If they spray radioactive water ANYWHERE, does that not build up and concentrate the radioactivity as more water is sprayed each day?

    Does the radioactivity in the water just magically disappear after it is sprayed?

    Also, if they use a sprayer and the water soaks into the ground, and they do this day in and day out, wouldn’t the radiation just soak down into the ground, and further contaminate the ground water?

    I think they are doing this at least in part, out of desperation. Radioactive water and filter material is stacking up, piling up, accumulating, and overflowing all around them, with NO END IN SIGHT.

    The tendency will also be to start spraying ‘slightly’ contaminated water around the area, just to get rid of excess and overflowing water from inside the buildings, but the temptation is to just spray highly contaminated water as well, just to stay on top of things.

    Is there any independent non industry, non government people’s representative watching and measuring what they are doing?

    What is the cost of this whole operation?

    Who is paying for the cleanup?

  • Dogleg Dogleg

    25000 gallons? Everyday? That seems like an awfull lot of water. How much forest have they clear cut and wouldnt it be better to just bury the trees? They want to burn all the other waste. Why not the trees too? With such heavy concentrations around the plant wont this just wash large ammounts of it into the sea, or is that the real goal? Hummmm…..

  • Misitu

    ¿mitigation theatre?

    cf.: “security theatre”: giving the appearance of security efforts to the uninformed, without addressing any real risks:

    giving the appearance of mitigation efforts to the uninformed, without addressing any real risks;

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