TV: Attempt to stop flow of highly radioactive liquid at Fukushima “in doubt” — AP: Much of it is pouring in trenches going out into Pacific — Experts: Amount entering ocean “increasing by 400 tons daily” — Problem “so severe” it’s consuming nearly all workers at site — Top Plant Official: “Little cause for optimism” (VIDEO)

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NHK, Nov. 13, 2014 (emphasis added): Radioactive water may still be entering tunnels — [TEPCO] faces another challenge in its effort to address radioactive water at the complex. It says highly contaminated water may still be flowing from reactor buildings into adjacent underground tunnels even after a work to stem the flow ended. The water in the tunnels is believed to be leaking into the sea… the firm began work in April to stem the flow of radioactive water between the reactor buildings and the tunnels… TEPCO finished the work on November 6th. But workers found that water levels in the reactor buildings and the tunnels are still linked

ITAR-TASS, Nov 14, 2014: Radioactive water discharge from Fukushima Daiichi NPP into ocean continues; According to specialists, the volume of contaminated liquid that is leaking into the ocean is increasing by 400 tons daily — The repair operations… aimed at preventing radioactive water discharges into the ocean have yielded no result, the NPP operator [TEPCO] reported on Friday. The water… is still leaking into the NPP drainage system even after last week’s operations to stop the leak… [D]ue to the major damage of the plant’s infrastructure most of the water that is poured inleaks into the drainage system and gets into the ground waters and then into the Pacific Ocean… The radioactive contamination level in the ground waters, according to TEPCO, is very high…

AP, Nov 12, 2014: Japan’s nuclear cleanup stymied by water woes… nearly all the workers are devoted to a single, enormously distracting problem: coping with the vast amount of water that becomes contaminated after it is pumped into the reactors to keep the melted radioactive fuel inside from overheating… The water becomes contaminated upon exposure to the radioactive fuel, and much of it pours into the reactor basements and maintenance trenches that extend to the Pacific Ocean.

The Guardian, Nov. 13, 2014: The man in charge of cleaning up the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has admitted there is little cause for optimism… The water problem is so severe that [Tepco has] enlisted almost all of their 6,000 workers… to bring it under control… “ I have no intention of being optimistic” [Fukushima Daiichi’s manager Akira Ono] told the Guardian… large quantities [of contaminated water] find their way to other parts of the site, including maintenance trenches connected to the sea… “The contaminated water is the most pressing issue – there is no doubt about that,” Ono said… “I cannot say exactly when, I hope things start getting better when the measures start taking effect.”

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  • rogerthat

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/11/will-japan-reopen-nuclear-plants-fukushima-20141111112653560643.html

    Tokyo, Japan – "Hot spots" of nuclear radiation still contaminate parts of Fukushima Prefecture, according to findings from the latest Greenpeace radiation monitoring mission…

    Experts from the environmental organisation also claim that authorities have consistently underestimated the amount of contamination and the health risks involved.

    Greenpeace will use these results to try to persuade local governments with nuclear power plants in their districts to resist lobbying from the central government to have them reactivated…

    Heinz Smitai, a nuclear physicist, Greenpeace campaigner and participant in the radiation monitoring mission, told foreign journalists at an October 30 press conference in Tokyo that radiation hot spots exist as far as 60 kilometres from the site of the disaster.

    For instance, one street in front of a hospital in Fukushima City "is quite contaminated", Smitai said, measuring 1.1 microsieverts of radiation per hour. Although this was one of the highest readings, Greenpeace found 70 other places in the city where the amount of radiation recorded exceeded the Ministry of Environment's long-term target of 0.23 microsieverts per hour…

    • rogerthat

      … Greenpeace also monitored contamination in Miyakoji and Kawauchi, the first two locations in the 20-kilometre exclusion zone around the Daiichi plant where the government has lifted its evacuation advisory.

      Nevertheless, Greenpeace found numerous points on roads in these areas that exceeded the target of 0.23 microsieverts per hour.

      "And when you leave the roads and go into the fields and surrounding forests, the radiation levels go up very strongly," said Jan van de Putte, a radioactivity safety advisor in Greenpeace who also participated in the Fukushima monitoring mission.

      Most of these areas therefore have "not been decontaminated, and cannot be decontaminated because, for instance, a forest can't be decontaminated, practically speaking", he added…

      Japan's Ministry of Environment (MOE) disputes Greenpeace's claim that it is underestimating radiation contamination and its risks. It points out that radiation in Fukushima has steadily diminished over time, as indicated by the most recent Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) airborne monitoring survey, conducted in December 2013. An MOE spokesperson told Al Jazeera that radiation rates "around Fukushima have significantly decreased [compared to October 2012 NRA survey] due to physical decay, weathering, and decontamination efforts".

      Critics, however, charge that these results were found by averaging the radiation measurements, meaning that individual "hot spots" such as those Greenpeace claims…

      • rogerthat

        …to have could go unstated…

        In dealing with different monitoring methods and their results, it's important to maintain a sense of perspective, Azby Brown, a member of Safecast, told Al Jazeera. Safecast is an apolitical, independent radiation monitoring group made up of volunteers including radiation engineers, software and hardware designers and university professors…

        On the other hand, Brown agrees that Fukushima residents have justifiable grievances. "While experts on both sides tell me the increased risk of fatal cancer with few exceptions is likely to be less than one percent over their lifetimes, this is not the point. It's the injustice of having this risk thrust upon them, and the turmoil the accident has caused, that matters." …

  • alasanon

    I believe –in fact, I am positive– that something more can be done here!! I know it's totally overwhelming what has transpired, but it's a Law of the Universe that for every action there's an equal and opposite reaction (or thereabouts!)… i.e. If we can screw something up to this massive extent, then we can UNSCREW it as well. I'm not saying it will happen all in the same lifetime or with symmetrical convenience, BUT if we can create it, then we can offset it correspondingly by some equivalent magnitude, although we may not be able to fully fathom or imagine it at this time…

    They need to apply more science, more engineering, more CREATIVITY!!!

    Almost every modern scientific, technological, industrial, architectural, and medical breakthrough was at one time considered completely physically impossible. There is no reason why a series of brilliant ideas could not partially assist here!…

    We have "jumped the shark" here and it is grim, but there's no reason why that shark can't turn into a springboard!!…

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Love positivity! 🙂

      When I look up at the Sun. I wish I could just make it go out on really hot days, but I can't and never will be able to do such a thing. Just think an off and on switch for the Sun. Not going to happen. 🙁

      As I drove down the street, and watched a deer die after being hit by a car, there was no way I could ever bring that same deer back to life. Just think no death. Not going to happen. 🙁

      There are certain things that can not be corrected by man or God and Manmade created radioactivity spewing and released all over the globe is one of them. 🙁

      Mankind has chosen a very unwise path and this path will get much worse and much harder to travel in the future.. 🙁

      Maimed, sick, deformed, mutated and cancer ridden humans and other biological life usually have a very hard time walking. 🙁

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    In the article, they talk about the cause and a cancer expert from Boston is quoted as saying “We just don’t know why.” …

    … NBC makes no mention of Fukushima or hot particles in its story. Shameful.

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    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Well there you go..it is/was just a matter of time after all. 🙁 This will get much worse.

      Shut all these poison spewing Nuclear factories down now via International Law! Do this right now! 🙂

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    • GuyGadois

      I'm always amazed about people that are so committed to one side of the argument that they even check the facts. How radioactive is highly radioactive? "5 billion becquerels released from Fukushima daily" Horror!!! Horror!!!
      Well how much radiation is 5 billion becquerels. A cubic kilometre of seawater contains 12 trillion becquerels and the whole ocean 15 hexillion becquerels.
      The Amazon river releases about 1 billion becquerels per second into the Atlantic ocean.

  • rogerthat

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  • rogerthat

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    Caption:A woman wearing a hat reading ''Fessenheim site Fukushima'' during a demonstration against anti-nuclear power on November 15, 2014 at the Franco-German border in the French eastern city of Chalampe. The Fessenheim nuclear power plant, on stream since 1977, is the oldest operational nuclear plant in France. AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN BOZON (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images)

    – i like this picture

  • rogerthat

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    http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/11/14/3260746_energy-northwest-changes-asked.html?sp=/99/900/&rh=1

    Energy Northwest: Changes asked in lawsuit could cost $20 million
    BY ANNETTE CARY
    Tri-City Herald Nov 14

    Changes proposed in a lawsuit to the water intake system at the nuclear power plant near Richland could cost ratepayers more than $20 million, according to Energy Northwest.

    It has asked Thurston County Superior Court to give the agency legal standing in the lawsuit filed by conservation groups against the state’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council because of the potential cost to electricity customers.

    Three conservation groups have challenged the nuclear plant’s permit issued by the state council that allows Energy Northwest to operate a cooling water intake system. The Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Northwest Environmental Advocates and Columbia Riverkeeper filed the lawsuit Oct. 29.

    The lawsuit maintains that intake screens for the Columbia River water used for cooling at the plant pose an unacceptable risk to juvenile salmon and steelhead based on information from the National Marine Fisheries Service. The Environmental Protection Agency also has been concerned about the screens, proposing that Energy Northwest undertake studies to determine the best technology available or modify the intake screens, according to the lawsuit…

    – this is worth reading in full

  • rogerthat

    http://www.businessinsider.com.au/alexander-grothendieck-died-2014-11

    One Of The Greatest Mathematicians Of The Twentieth Century Has Died
    ANDY KIERSZ NOV 15 2014,

    Alexander Grothendieck, one of the most important mathematicians of the twentieth century, died at 86 on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.

    Grothendieck’s main mathematical contributions were to the field of algebraic geometry. ..

    In 1970, at the age of 42, Grothendieck started to turn away from mathematics and later from society in general.

    As mathematician Winfried Scharlau wrote in a brief biographical note on Grothendieck, “he turned to the problems of environmental protection and ecology, he supported the antinuclear power movement, and he fought against military buildup, especially of nuclear weapons, and the military-industrial complex”…

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