Wall St. Journal: Fukushima leaks are “massive public health issue” — Obviously this could spread throughout Pacific and get into food supply (VIDEO)

Published: August 6th, 2013 at 1:26 pm ET
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Title: Fukushima Daiichi: The Battle for Nuclear Containment
Source: Wall St. Journal
Date: August 6, 2013

The WSJ’s Michael Arnold and Phred Dvorak discuss the challenges for containment

At 3:00 in

Michael Arnold: Obviously this is a massive public health issue [...] if it gets into the ocean obviously this could be spread throughout the Pacific, could also get into the food supply.

At 4:00 in

Phred Dvorak: A lot of experts say you just can’t stop the water [...] it’s very hard to actually stop it. What many people are saying is that Tepco will eventually have to process water, remove as much of the radioactive elements as possible and dump a certain amount in to the ocean that’s ‘relatively’ clean. [...]

Arnold: Certainly this is a story we’re going to stay on top off [...] Something that much of the world is watching.

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Published: August 6th, 2013 at 1:26 pm ET
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32 comments to Wall St. Journal: Fukushima leaks are “massive public health issue” — Obviously this could spread throughout Pacific and get into food supply (VIDEO)

  • norbu norbu

    Michael Arnold says, "if it gets into the ocean obviously this could be spread throughout the Pacific, could also get into the food supply."
    If? You have been watching to much TV. Please catch up. It is in the Ocean, Air, dirt, food….wake up.
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  • weeman

    Somebody email the Washington post, if they would take up the story, it would put it back at the top of investigative news, we're it was recognized at one time, let's hope this is the reason amazon bought it.


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    • We Not They Finally

      The Washington Post isn't "The Washington Post" any more. Woodward and Bernstein are WAY in the past by now. If the WP were going to take it up, they would have long since already done it. And why would Amazon change that?

      There is no free major media left in America. It is up to activists and populists who have the guts to broadcast the truth against suppression. It SEEMS like a losing battle but it is RIGHT, and so long as it is RIGHT, and so long as we have breath, it is still ours to do.


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  • dka

    Dig a hole in a desert in mongolia and send the water there.
    Built a pipeline to get it there.


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  • ruppert

    Where were you clowns for the past 2.5 + years? I'm sorry but you are a little late to the party. What kind of news organization misses something as big as this until it becomes an ELE? Spreading the word so that something useful can be done is not as interesting as reporting on the aftermath horror stories. Legitimate journalism is dead.

    Pathetic


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    • amberlight amberlight

      Welll… at least they're not saying that there is "no immediate concern for public health" on this go-round.

      Actually, it's the legitimate journalists and whistleblowers who are dead (or in hiding or seeking asylum).

      What a world, what a world…


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      • We Not They Finally

        Yeah, like no one says "the American dream" anymore since it has become common knowledge that that is now long since stolen. So their NOT saying that there is "no immediate danger," is a grave omen. Means that we will all find out soon enough WHATEVER they say.


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  • jump-ball jump-ball

    Reading and absorbing corporate news is toxic:

    "Tepco will eventually have to process water": Water should have been processed many months ago.

    "This is a story…that much of the world is watching.": This is an unfolding tragedy that almost no one in the world is watching.

    "if it gets into the ocean…this could…spread throughout…the food supply.": It's been measureable in the ocean and Pacific seafood for months.


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  • 4GaugePA

    WTF!!!!! "if it gets into the ocean" and "could be spread throughout the Pacific" and "could also get into the food supply."

    There is no "If's" about it!


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    • 4GaugePA

      It should read (Has) not if, or at the very least (when).
      Even the term (When) is an abomination of the truth.


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    • jec jec

      Its the wording taken from the news and press releases from TEPCO. The 'ALL IS FINE', except for that darn water….which keeps being a problem…Reporters just grab a few words.and start off assuming they are the first to start reporting. Wrong! The history is hellish..and the REAL information/news and radiation contamination is worse…


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  • mairs mairs

    They don't have a clue as to what's going on. Just talking to hear themselves speak.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Obviously…WSJ?
    O-o-o-o-h!
    Do tell.
    I like discussing the obvious.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Plan For Containment If Fukushima Radiation:
    1. Extend "Impermeable Wall" in a rectangle completely around Units1,2,3,&4.
    2. Existing 8 Shallow Extraction Wells become Injection Wells for cooled, but radioactive, groundwater.
    3. Drill 8 new Shallow Extraction Wells inside the Impermeable Wall along the harbor.
    4. Build two Cooling Towers to cool extracted groundwater.
    5. Return cooled groundwater to Injection Wells, behind and uphill from Reactors1,2,3,&4.
    6. This now becomes a Closed Loop Cooling System for Reactors1,2,&3. At least, down to the depth of the less permeable layer of stone, approximately 100' deep.

    This should greatly reduce emmissions to both air and ocean.
    If Corium1,2,&3, or their corium lava tubes, are below the level of the Impermeable Wall, little can be done to remediate the situation, so TEPCO should just manage what they can, and forget the rest, at least for now.
    Does this sound like a plan? ;)


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    • amberlight amberlight

      But that would eat into their profits, so it simply is not a viable option.


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    • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

      I'm sure you know the corium is well below that 100' level. I estimated it's downward progression at about 1 Ft per Minute in the first few days.
      Afterall, we are talking about tons of molten mass at very high temps (2800 Deg)…sorta like a volcano upside down.


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    • We Not They Finally

      PUN, WHAT "impermeable wall"? There have been plans floated for all kinds of walls, but it does not look like any have been built at all. So how can they "extend" what isn't there???

      I'm not an engineer (not hardly!), but the only thing I see that might help, which NO ONE has mentioned, is why not build up THE SEA WALL? Very very VERY high? So gushing groundwater has to flow back inland instead of out to sea?

      But Japan will drown? Well, get any drowning PEOPLE out of there — they need to be evacuated anyway! But Japan itself? LET JAPAN DROWN!!! Better that than that the whole REST of the world perishes!

      I wonder if you or someone else with technical expertise could comment on that.


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  • Cisco Cisco

    "Arnold: Certainly this is a story we’re going to stay on top off [...] Something that much of the world is watching."

    That's code to rally the shill scientists, professional deniers, and the like, to get those pro-nuke propaganda machines up to full speed spinning their not to worry BS.

    Soon you'll be hearing from the nuclear engineering departments of the likes of MIT, Stanford, et al. Eric Norman of Berkley has already fallen on the sword.

    Pathetic and terminal, too.


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  • dosdos dosdos

    And uranium mining is poised for a rebound! Ah, a world of misinformation and misguided opinions, how we as a culture thrive on it.


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  • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

    If the Wall Street Journal believes its own drivel, they are already eating radioactive food and will perish like the rest of us. My guess is that they know this very well and are just part of the MSM which commits treason every night on the television evening news.


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  • Jebus Jebus

    There is no joy in understanding what the truth means…


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  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    I think that not knowing is the real hell zone Jebus. It keeps you constantly thinking about it and searching for the truth. The truth gives you the point to just move on to something more positive.


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  • We Not They Finally

    Years ago after fukeshima first occurred.It was apparent that if things became too seriously dangerous either economically or healthwise..It became apparent that if anything goes wrong it would provoke blame it on the terrorists…Now that its become apparent that massive deaTHS AND DESTRUCTION WILL COME ON THE WORLD FROM THE NEVER ENDING POLLUTION OF OUR oCEANs AND ATMOSPHERE BY THE NEVER ENDING POLLUTION OF OUR OCEANS and ATMOSPHERE FROM DEADLY RADIOACTIVITY…tHE KNEE JACK DUMB ENDGAME BECOMES DEFLECTING all THE BLAME TO THE TERRORISTS. NOW KNOW THE TERRORISTS AND THEY ARE NOTHING BUT OUR OWN GOVERNMENTS…


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  • We Not They Finally

    "Plant sits smack in the middle of an underground aquifer"? These greedy psychopaths did that in the FIRST place??

    They need to figure out how to route the water to flood JAPAN, not keep poisoning the Pacific Ocean! But they want to SAVE Japan? They've already KILLED Japan. So try and route that water to flood JAPAN. The rest of us feel sorry for the ordinary people there, but Japan is gone ANYWAY. Flood it like the days of Noah's Ark!! Flood the place! Aside from wanting those poor doomed PEOPLE to live, who gives a crap by now if Japan sinks to the bottom of the sea?

    The only possible bar to that helping, might be that the coriums will keep fissioning and poison the Pacific ongoing ANYWAY. Otherwise, I say YES, sacrifice Japan if it will help to NOT doom the entire world!!


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