TV: Nuclear waste “flowing out to sea” from underground tunnels at Fukushima — 950 Billion Bq/m³ of cesium in Unit 2 shaft next to ocean — 11,000 tons estimated in tunnels — ‘Stream’ of moving water — Gov’t regulators ‘urgently assessing’ problems, ‘sense of crisis’ needed (VIDEO)

Published: July 30th, 2014 at 7:34 pm ET


NHK, July, 30, 2014 (emphasis added): TEPCO initially planned to freeze radioactive wastewater that’s been flowing into underground utility tunnels at the plant. It hoped the measure would prevent the wastewater from mixing with groundwater and flowing out to sea. But 3 months into the project, the water hasn’t frozen as planned. […] Utility tunnels between the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors and the sea are estimated to hold a total of 11,000 tons of radiation-contaminated wastewater.

TEPCO: Progress of blocking water at connection of trenches, July 23, 2014: Sampling results of water inside seawater piping trenches (m³ = 1,000,000 cm³)

> Unit 2 Vertical Shaft C:

  • Cs-134 @ 110,000-300,000 Bq/cm³
  • Cs-137 @ 230,000-650,000 Bq/cm³

> Unit 3 Vertical Shaft C:

  • Cs-134 @ 100,000-130,000 Bq/cm³
  • Cs-137 @ 220,000-260,000 Bq/cm³

NHK transcript, July 23, 2014: The work isn’t going as planned […] Water used to cool melted fuel […] has been reaching the soil […] and seeping into the sea. Workers want to freeze the water inside the tunnels before it can leak into the ground. […] Regulators have been skeptical [and] suggested other options such as filling the tunnels with concrete.

Asahi Shimbun, July 24, 2014: NRA instructed TEPCO to pump out contaminated water in the trenches as early as possible because water inside the underground tunnels could be leaking into the surrounding soil. […] A large volume of radioactive water […] has to be removed. […] Although the operations were scheduled to be completed at the end of May […] TEPCO said a small stream of water in the trenches has hampered the freezing operations. […] The delay in draining the radioactive water from the tunnels could slow the construction of the frozen wall […]

NHK, July 9, 2014: At Wednesday’s meeting of the Nuclear Regulation Authority [officials] decided to urgently assess a range of problems [and] discussed a delay in work to freeze wastewater in underground utility tunnels at the plant to block further inflows of water and stop contaminated water from leaking out to sea. Members urged that the effort be speeded up. Some expressed doubt as to whether the plant’s operator has a sense of crisis.

See Tepco’s June 1, 2011Plan to prevent water leakage containing highly concentrated radioactive materials to outside environment in Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant’ showing a two month ‘roadmap’ for containing the leaking tunnels (appendix 19) here.

Watch NHK’s report here

Published: July 30th, 2014 at 7:34 pm ET


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259 comments to TV: Nuclear waste “flowing out to sea” from underground tunnels at Fukushima — 950 Billion Bq/m³ of cesium in Unit 2 shaft next to ocean — 11,000 tons estimated in tunnels — ‘Stream’ of moving water — Gov’t regulators ‘urgently assessing’ problems, ‘sense of crisis’ needed (VIDEO)

  • We Not They Finally

    It's "a small stream of water in the trenches" that has stopped the ice wall project? Ha, ha, ha, hee, hee, hee, ho, ho, ho, or come to think of it, NOT FUNNY AT ALL. Who is reporting it and/or who feeds them the company lines, would range from inept to criminal to psychotic.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Jec: TEPCO engineers are beyond help, so don't send them your slide rule.
    You are exactly right about the heat from 3 rogue. Nuclear reactors dooming the Frozen Wall project.

    Japan's plan for the Frozen Wall will certainly fail on two counts:
    1. The heat from 3 molten nuclear cores puts too much heat into the groundwater.
    2. The flow rate of groundwater under the reactors is too great to permit the water to freeze.

    Big waste of time and money.
    Meanwhile, the Pacific Ocean Ecosystem collapses.
    This plan was thought up by the contractors and the politicians, anyway.
    TEPCO totally botched the Impermeable Wall, which was faulty in both design and execution.

    For future reference, TEPCO, when you finally give up on the Frozen Wall:
    1. Build the Impermeable Wall Enclosure entirely around Units1-4.
    2. Begin by building the inland/uphill part of the wall first, and the harborside part last, to avoid flooding.

  • They are too busy building a wall of secrecy around the whole country to keep people from learning the truth of the invisible horrors that are eating them up from the inside out.

    The nuclear industry is too busy playing their own 3 Card Monte shell game and trying to stay out of the crosshairs from pissed off people who can afford lawyers, while buying off corrupt politicians, and others.

    The nuclear Goliath has been hit in the head with a Fuku kill shot, but does not know he is dead yet..

    Keep on tipping it.. the monster is dead. The king is wearing no clothes.

  • jec jec

    Typhoon will hit Japan August 8th…and might bulls eye Fukushima. This is just model data right now, but it could really add to the water troubles for TEPCO. Bucket Brigade anyone?

  • Nick

    Not meaning to beat the dead horse, but don't folks recall how 3/11/11 ripped the ground asunder under the turbine building?

    I have a vivid recall of a huge crack spanning much of the failed nuclear complex.

    One can conclude that aqueous hell has existed since day one.

    Not sure how a frozen plug helps anything, how ya gonna keep it cold and hard, like your aunt's stare at your indiscretions.?

    We are talking about a need for a fix that will out WIPP eternity.

    The TEPCOns are committing genocide.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    The entire industry is committing a slow motion worldwide genocide.. 🙁

  • Jebus Jebus

    You gotta think of what the tunnels, to the sea, were there for in the first place…

    How do you think they flush excess H2O, when they are intact.

    They all got 'em…

  • Ron

    I don't mean to spread rumors if untrue, but I hope Tepco hasn't intentionally dug tunnels out to sea just to dump this stuff.

    • Sickputer

      Shoot, we think they bulldozed and used cranes to throw Unit 3 exploded MOX debris into the lagoon in 2011 (then paved over the floor of the lagoon…they admit to that).

      Some day all their crooked, genocidal misdeeds will filter out to the mutants still alive on Planet Earth.

      • Sickputer

        Dang…what has happened at FD? Can't post in Chat Box unless you can get by the Captcha.

        No go on my phone. And I'm not digging out my laptop.

        Iori…forget your roots?

        Their current gadfly:

        "diemos: @flo – Yes, but we've been living with background radiation since the beginning of time and we have thrived with it. So we must have mechanisms to correct that damage. The additional radiation outside tohoku is much less than background so I find it hard to believe that it will have a significant effect."

        SP: Hmm… Guess the Peter Principle is always right…nucleoapes will rise to their level of incompetence. And such a common theme all these soothing "natural radiation blah blah is just like Dr. Frankenstein Sr-90…"

        Almost sounds like a radioactive parrot flock…birds of a feather stick together…until the Lone Ranger Congressman calls their boss. Would be nice to have a couple of elected officials who check up on how our Oak Ridge boys and WIPP nucleoapes are doing. Even better to have them on speed dial.

        Sadness in central Japan…water, water everywhere. But not a clean drop to drink. (Except for those Tennessee Crystal Geyser bottles I spotted inside the control center at Daiichi. 🙂

    • Jebus Jebus

      No, they are built in from the beginning…

      Tritium has an atomic mass of 3.0160492 u. It is a gas (T2 or 3H2) at standard temperature and pressure. It combines with oxygen to form a liquid called tritiated water, T2O.

      Tritium's specific activity is 9,650 curies (3.57×1014 Bq) per gram.[18]

      Tritium figures prominently in studies of nuclear fusion because of its favorable reaction cross section and the large amount of energy (17.6 MeV) produced through its reaction with deuterium:

      T20… Tunnels. Daily Operations.

      Now, if you can, ignore the sales pitch and listen to the message about H20…

      Twenty Three Unique Properties of Water

      The message, about water, in context…

      • Jebus Jebus


        The Ocean.

        I wonder what the total energy released into the Ocean is, from the interaction?

  • Sol Man

    Father Water.

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

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    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

      Johnny-Yes I have noticed many strange things, and it was a wake up call for me as well when the site went down. All the best to you and yours..

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      (cont'd) out "WHY"??!! 😐 … Maybe it's "paranoia"[?] or maybe it's "intuition",but whatever it is it's bothering me and I think it's high time for TPTB to come clean and just cut back on their lavish lifestyles paid for by dirty nuke cartel "contributions"??!! Hell,they could just as easily shift their scheming,conniving ways to figure out how to shake down & solicit "donations,contributions,perks" from solar,wind,etc. energy alternative industries with the same efficient crooked means but with the benefit of knowing they'd done just ONE "GOOD" thing in their miserable,FAKE,plastic,political lives even if they still are corrupt. As it stands,taking actions PROMOTING nuclear or "inactions" re; deadly,unprecedented accidents,operational status & conditions is the same as MURDER while stomping on the rights of every person ever exposed to "particles of floating death",and it's time for it to end! Whatever happens I got your backs 'newsers!! And I've known that ENE,admin & my peeps here have had mine! THANK YOU ALL for being the ones who care!!! The Mrs. is not doing so well lately and I've been sick & depressed myself,but I'm wondering how you guys & gals are doing? I'd previously disclosed more than intended & probably to the great satisfaction of those who pop in here for all the wrong reasons,but if I'm right then we should feel a sense of satisfaction that knowing we're important enough to pose obstacles to the nucleocrat agenda to merit…

      • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

        their attention[?]…Anyways,glad to see ENE's back & I'll catch up with everyone a bit later. TAKE CARE ALL & a special thanks to Admin for getting things up & running again!

    • Arizonan Arizonan

      I'm open to hearing any backup plan. The outage was a wake up call for me as well. We can't afford to lose the complied info here. Please keep us all posted if we find a way to put all the archives from this site somewhere safe, where we could carry on our discussions in the vent of another outage.

  • All the foreplay of the shill and troll nammerings had been giving me a bad feeling….you know, the we are a real threat they must try to silence feeling. It was crazy being separated from our nice cozy alliance here. A friend who lives at the opposite corner of the US (before we had a chance to talk by phone) thought as I did, maybe it's the computer, lol. We were both at the same time trying every back door click, no, click that trick….then success, hooked up in another forum and also the FD chat. Thank goodness for that and saw some other comments regarding here being mia, until when?….Oh so good to see everyone.

    Anyway, we matter. Big time. I feel more optimistic now than ever…that since the nuke industry is now experiencing some profit loss previews,
    our strength lies in spreading more truth, not only about radiation itself…but get together some more charts, graphs, current follow the
    money stuff. Make the nuclear string pullers more naked than they
    already are. People are already fed up with other giants that could care
    less about how their empires ruin our lives. We have the consumer power
    to mess with their feeding troughs. From truck drivers to miners to
    factory workers. Petitions, boycotts, alternative sustainable job & green investment info will help.

    I think slow it may seem, but steadily we ARE tipping it.

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    • EKO KLAP$€

      Sorry Dana but you must be really pi$$ing off dragons. I would have emailed you but my nanny won't let me. 😉

  • yellowrain

    moving water doesn't freeze!! who could ever have known? just another day to SCREAM at my computer screen. keep up the good work ENE & thanks everyone here. Peace

    • SadieDog

      "Strontium has been linked to leukemia and can enter the food chain by depositing into the bones of fish. Delays in the cleanup could extend a South Korean ban on Japanese seafood imports and add to calls in the U.S. for an international takeover of the Fukushima cleanup. They would also slow Tepco’s 40-year decommissioning of the plant by tying up resources needed for other tasks."

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