Top Official: “The current situation is extremely severe” at Fukushima — Plan to reduce contamination flowing into ocean relies on ‘untested methods’ and ‘technologies that have not been developed’

Published: August 9th, 2013 at 9:14 am ET
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Title: Tepco starts pumping groundwater
Source: Japan Times
Author: Reiji Yoshida
Date: August 9, 2013

[...] “It has now become clear that contaminated water is flowing into the sea. The current situation is extremely severe,” industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi reportedly told an expert meeting on the water crisis Thursday. [...]

It will also take nearly two years to set up equipment to freeze soil around the reactor buildings to create a 1.4-km-long barrier to isolate them from groundwater, government officials said. [...]

The method is sometimes used during construction of underground tunnels, but this project will be the largest of its kind anywhere in the world and “some new technologies” will have to be developed, according to government officials.

[...] government officials say the untested freezing method is the best way for Tepco to isolate the damaged buildings. [...]

See also: ABC: Ground to be frozen around Fukushima reactors? "An unprecedented challenge in the world" (VIDEO)

Published: August 9th, 2013 at 9:14 am ET
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35 comments to Top Official: “The current situation is extremely severe” at Fukushima — Plan to reduce contamination flowing into ocean relies on ‘untested methods’ and ‘technologies that have not been developed’

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "RT: Why the plant’s operator failed to contain the leak?

    HW: Because they don’t know what to do. This has never happened before. You have three explosions; you have four nuclear reactors that are severely compromised. No one ever planned for this. This is an apocalyptic event. This is something that could contaminate the entire Pacific Ocean. It is extremely serious. The reality is that Tokyo Electric does not know what is happening and does not know how to control what is going on. Our entire planet is at risk here. This is two and a half years after these explosions and they are still in the dark. It’s terrifying."
    http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/#!/page/1


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    • dka

      isn't the same thing happening at hanford UK? I was under the impression that it is continuously leaking into somewhere near the North Atlantic sea. Just asking.


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      • AntonButler

        FOR DKA
        The Hanford Site is a mostly decommissioned nuclear production complex on the Columbia River in the U.S. state of Washington, operated by the United States federal government.
        The Hanford site represents two-thirds of the nation's high-level radioactive waste by volume.[8] Today, Hanford is the most contaminated nuclear site in the United States[9][10] and is the focus of the nation's largest environmental cleanup.[2
        Hanford is not in the UK.


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      • Cologne Cathedral Cologne Cathedral

        You're talking of Sellafield.


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  • excecutioner

    This frozen soil idea without a roof overhead is setting daiichi up for exactly the same disaster to happen again. Flash flooding would knock out power etc etc. Think it through TEPCO!!!


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    My suggestion is that TEPCO extend the Impermeable Wall completely around Reactors1-4.
    The advantages of a rectangular Extended Impermeable Wall are clear:
    *Avoids the cost of the duplicate Frozen Wall project.
    *Avoids the long-term energy costs of the Frozen Wall project.
    *Uses existing technologies.
    *Is already under construction, and could be completed sooner than Frozen Wall.
    *Just as effective as Frozen Wall in stopping groundwater from flowing through corium lava tubes under FDNPP.
    *Can be expanded as part of a Closed Loop Heat Sink, if it proves necessary to cool melted fuel remaining in or under the Reactor Ruins.
    Something worth considering, IMHO.


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  • PragmaticBeliever

    I have a solution.

    Why don´t they just NUKE the plant to ashes?

    /sarc mode: off

    This monster has been pouring blood from 2 years and a half by now. At least it´s getting que msm attention. I don´t know if thats good or even badder, but at least it´s something…
    It is?


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    • We Not They Finally

      It's only getting MSM attention now because THE JAPANESE are showing open panic. And odds on, this new horrifying escalation of radioactivity was from that earthquake several days back, but NO ONE is talking about that.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Fukushima Prefecture asks central government to take control from TEPCO.
    "Later Tuesday, Fukushima Prefecture official requested that Japan’s central government intervene with the critical emergency situation at Fukushima Daiichi and ensure that TEPCO properly mitigates the continued leakage of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean. The prefecture also asked that the central government take control and responsibility for the decommissioning of the damaged reactors."
    http://enformable.com/2013/08/fukushima-prefecture-requests-japanese-government-remove-tepco-from-management-of-fukushima-daiichi-decommissioning/
    Just WOW!


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Cesium up to 40,000 becquerels per kilogram measured on seabed by independent scientists.

    "Researchers from the University of Tokyo, the National Maritime Research Institute and other entities are the first to have measured the distribution of radioactive substances on the seabed off the hobbled plant.

    "Cesium levels measured about 500 becquerels per kilogram of seabed soil on average in one rocky area 1.6 km off the coast, but several spots in that area showed readings in excess of 5,000 becquerels, with the maximum as high as about 40,000 becquerels, the scientists said."

    http://live.enformable.com/post/57709890896/cesium-in-seabed-over-10-kilometers-from-fukushima-10


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  • Cisco Cisco

    The nucleocrats and their supporting cast are set for another round of denials, obfuscation, and misinformation. 600 tons now flowing into the Pacific…what to do and say? No problem…they own the universities and the associated shill scientists, the pro nuclear NGO's, and most of all…the MSM.

    They will tamp this down like they've done before. The GP is dumb, they engineered it that way. When you hear a politician refer to "the wisdom of the American people"; under his breath, he/she knows never to underestimate the stupidity of the American people.


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  • I was going to try and say something witty about a 'snowball's chance in Hell' or 'Hell freezing over', but I lost my train of thought when I read this:

    ;) "…the government and Tepco now plan to use TAXpayer MONEY."
    - from article

    Perhaps this will wake some people up.
    Somebody's got to PAY for it.

    Talk about global radiation contamination and most people will tune out or they pretend they don't care. Many are numb to this catastrophe or in denial.

    Using the people's TAX MONEY… now maybe they'll PAY attention. (?)

    Don't TAX me for something that should never have been built in the first place. (In an earthquake prone tsunami zone.)

    I thought they had insurance for disasters. I thought money was to be set aside for decommissioning.

    One way or another, we are all going to PAY for this.


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    • VanneV anne

      The money set aside in the US for all 104 reactors is 12 billion dollars. This isn't enough for even 1 meltdown. The NPPs should store their own nuclear waste on site forever. Maybe people would wake up that the owners of NPPs are not responsible for failure nor taking care of nuclear waste forever or even the next 100,000 years or even during their own lifetime.

      The cozy relationship between government and corporations are responsible for the nuclear accidents, the BP and continued accidents in the Gulf of Mexico, and the continuous pesticide spraying of PEOPLE in my state of Colorado. The government is ruled by and only protects the corporations which are not people no matter what the US Supreme Courts says. The corporations and the military also control the courts. What happened to democracy? Oh, I know, the constitution was never for the people, but only for white, male, landowners.


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      • jec jec

        US Surrey Nuclear Plant has 300 Million in insurance coverage for a major disaster. The rest of damage is to be covered by a SLUSH fund held by the US government..and administered by the US government. Anyone remember what happened during the BP oil spill? So anyone in danger areas need to have PHYSICAL proof of property values, content or property such as cars/house contents. Of course, we all have that information in our back pockets, and have evacuation and 'bug out' kits will all property and personal information included. Then expect to get limited value on physical property due to 'fire sale' valuations. Ask those facing damages from BP oil spill or from the LA sinkhole damage. And the medical coverage?? What medical coverage?Would be surprised medical coverage is for radiation illness, tumors; everyone needs to read the fine print on any coverage! Home insurance coverage does NOT cover any damage due to nuclear damages..so everyone is depending on the government to cover for any issues. Frankly, wonder what condition the 'slush fund' is in..where it is kept, and if it is 'safe' from congressional/senatorial or US government predation..or 'reuse'…Just saying. Would like to see the numbers somewhere–anyone have a clue?


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      • DNA Destroying Death Machines, (Nuclear Power plants), must be stopped!!!

        "Probability is irrelevant after the facts…"
        • said by enenews user – Jebus (2012)

        :) This is what I will put on my protest sign.

        This should be the first line in President Obama's Fukushima awareness speech. (I know, I'm a dreamer.)


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    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      You, your children and their children are now in the process of being slowly exterminated in order to achieve maximum profitability for our future medical and energy company's long term business plans.

      Your Taxes, Energy Rates and Medical Insurance Payments will necessarily increase accordingly!

      Nothing to see here and move along please.

      Next!


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  • dosdos dosdos

    The first thing that they need to do is get all that stored contaminated water off site. If the ground becomes unstable, the first thing to pop will be the storage tanks.


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  • weeman

    They have lost their window of opportunity, I suggested freezing ground far in past, my idea was to freeze the ground and then build a permanent wall behind, before soil became heavily contaminated, now you have to deal with contaminated soil and exposure to high levels of radiation.
    Two years lost, you have to tackle this job like you are playing chess, at least three moves ahead and a flexible strategy, I doubt that they could master checkers never mind chess, tidly winks are more in line with there line of non thinking.
    The fool on the hill sees the world going down.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "Melted Fuel Removal At Fukushima Plant Planned From 2020 At Earliest
    "TOKYO (Kyodo)—The government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. decided Thursday on a revised road map for decommissioning the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors, eyeing the start of the removal of melted fuel in 2020 at the earliest."
    http://live.enformable.com/post/54021186054/melted-fuel-removal-at-fukushima-plant-planned-from

    IMO, none of the melted fuel will ever be removed from Fukushima.

    Most of the 218 tons of fuel in Reactors1-3 on 311 melted out of the buildings, and through mudrock and sandstone, and is gone firever. According to earthquake "corium explosion" signatures she has studied, PattieB places corium in the rock of the Pacific Plate Subduction, many miles down and to the West of FDNPP.

    The corium splatter that remains in Containment1-3 and in Torus and Torus Basements can be treated with lead, boron, and sealed inside with grout.

    The fuel that exploded all over the seabed and countryside from the explosions can be paved over.

    Groundwater can be stopped from flowing through the site, by expanding the Impenetrable Wall to completely surround Units1-4 with a double wall barrier that extends below the surface aquifer.

    With most of the nuclear fuel ex-containment, opening the reactors probably isn't necessary at all.


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  • Lion76 Lion76

    If a "frozen wall" is the best answers we got, we're certainly screwed.


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    • zardoz2012 zardoz2012

      I am sure TEPCO and the Japanese government feel the same way.

      These suggestions are ideas out of a science fiction movie. Except that in real life there aren't any writers that will twist the laws of physics to guarantee a happy ending.

      Given the details of the predicament, it really seems to be the only solution they have. Our only hope is that somehow the radiation exposure in the Pacific does not effect the ecosystem as badly as we think it will, that somehow life will find a way to protect itself from these particles. But physics says no.

      This potential ELE will continue to be swept under the rug, and the governments around the world will whistle and look away as cancer rates and incidents of sudden death rise slowly.


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    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Lion76,
      Yes you nailed it…we are all screwed!


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  • Tumrgrwer Tumrgrwer

    Wtf happens when the power goes out again??? Nobody thinking anymore, their brains are radiated.

    No More Nukes!


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Whole Pacific getting radiated from a single nuclear plant. And all for nothing.


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  • We Not They Finally

    Just last Sunday there was an EARTHQUAKE, and SINCE THEN there has been all this panic. But the early reports said “No damage” and then there were NO REPORTS. They don’t WANT it to be earthquake damage because then they could not re-open other plants due to seismic instability.

    They said the earthquake was “a 6,” but what if it was “a 7.5” or higher? Earthquakes are OFTEN seismically underrated. Dutchsinse discovered that one.

    They get nowhere until they stop lying about all things at all times. Even then, they’ve waited way too long and their criminal arrogance has possibly doomed us all.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    No offense to the Russians..
    I'm sure their hearts are broken..over supposedly being snubbed by Obama over Snowden.


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    • We Not They Finally

      Actually, the priceless "snub" was Putin keeping John Kerry waiting three hours because he was p-o'ed at Obama signing the Monsanto Protection Act. And no comparison. Wiping out the bee population is WAY more criminal than the (actually good) act that Snowden did.


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