WSJ: Fukushima Leak Renews Concerns About Plant’s Stability — AP: Officials say no ‘immediate’ health threat

Published: April 5th, 2012 at 7:45 am ET


Title: Possible Fukushima Leak Renews Concerns About Plant’s Stability
Source: Wall Street Journal
Date: April 5, 2012, 7:09 a.m. ET

Water containing radioactive substances may have leaked into the ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the plant operator said Thursday, the latest example of continued problems at the stricken plant […]

The company estimates roughly 12 tons of contaminated water may have escaped into the ocean. High levels of cesium 134 and 137 were confirmed at the point of the leak […]

Such problems have cast doubts about the plant’s stability long after the government declared in late December the reactors had been brought under control.

Title: Japan nuke plant leaks radioactive water again
Source: AP
Date: April 5, 2012
Emphasis Added

[…] The leak comes as Tokyo Electric Power Co. struggles to keep the melted reactors cool and contain radiation and raises concerns about its ability to keep the plant stable. Similar leaks have occurred several times since last year, and officials say they do not pose an immediate health threat.

Workers spotted the leak early Thursday coming from a section of hose on a device used to decontaminate cooling water leaking from reactors. The company said it appeared to have stopped the leak. […]

“Our officials confirmed that cooling water leaked at a joint in the pipes […] it is possible that part of the water may have flowed outside the facility and poured into the oceanTepco spokesman

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Published: April 5th, 2012 at 7:45 am ET


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55 comments to WSJ: Fukushima Leak Renews Concerns About Plant’s Stability — AP: Officials say no ‘immediate’ health threat

  • kintaman kintaman

    > Officials say no ‘immediate’ health threat

    This is the mantra of TEPCO. You could be on fire and they would keep uttering the same words. Criminals, all of them.

    They should all be forced to do manual labor on site at Fukushima Daiichi until they can no longer move.

    • jec jec

      Exactly. "no imnmediate health risk"..tell to the people of Fukushima who have been told "no health risk" for the past year. Of course 1/3 of the Fukushima children tested show tumors in their thyroid glands. Some are infants, or very young children, children of such young ages have never been considered at risk for thryoid issues. VERY unusual. But of course.."no immediate risk"..just in a few years when illnesses,such as luekeamia or thyroid cancer, or heart damages show in the most young of the population of Japan or in the USA.

      • FukuYou FukuYou

        It is true, there is no "immediate health threat" from low, persistent dosages of radiation. After all, it will take years to develop cancer and by then it will be impossible to prove that it was due to Fukushima radiation.


        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          Not true. There are trendlines for all major health problems, in every statistical area. Any spikes in these trendlines after 3/11 are due to Fukushima.

          It isn't taking "years" for these kids to develop tumors. Thousands, if not tens of thousands, of infant deaths have already occurred above trendline since 3/11. Next are the childhood tumors and heart failures. It kills the kids first.

          It is not "impossible" to prove death related to Fukushima. It's happening in real-time, as we comment here.

          And we're not talking "low, persistent dosages". 300x, 1000x, 1,000,000x higher rad counts. We're off a cliff and picking up speed.

          • NoNukes NoNukes

            Inhaling aerosolized plutonium kills you pretty quickly. I imagine if you breathe in some of that Alpha emitting dust flying around, well, it may even be faster.

        • dka

          I did read that cesium leaves a dna mark to the people that it causes cancer to. I am sure iodine caused disease are almost 100% traceable to iodine, and seriously, thyroid cancer are very rare apart from irradiation cases. Should not be a problem to sue the governement. It must also leave quite an big dna signature. Should be the same to all the other nuclides. Good bye governement criminals, your only place for the past not to get you will be your coffin. DNA analysis will get you and these nuclear criminals will pay back.

      • InfoPest InfoPest

        I did a Google search with these exact words.

        ( "no immediate health threat" + fukushima )

        It came up with 27,400 results.

    • InfoPest InfoPest

      Dried shitake mushrooms from Aichi prefecture with 1400 bq/kg of cesium were used in udon and served to 530 faculty and students at a kindergarten in Okazaki City. Officials declared there would be no immediate affect on health.

      • jec jec

        Will 4 Bq of Cesium ingested (eaten) by a single four or five year old child be dangerous to their health? Now likely, its more than that the children not only eat other contaminated foods, but breathe in and are enveloped in fallout daily. So the dose of 4 bq is also the amount an entire family ate in one day during testing for consumption amounts…so say the child eats 4 bQ at school, add 4 bq for the other meals..thats 8 bq. Now add the environmental (air/water/soil) exposure..of X ? Anyone know how dangerous this amounts from 8 bq to ? of Cesium is for a small child for one day?

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Yes, they keep saying that. Of course there's no "immediate threat" unless someone's exposure dose is so high it kills them in a matter of days. This is a slow-motion killing machine. Disgusting.

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        ya..and there is a full force effort to hide those that are suffering..from " immediate threat".
        How are the Fukushima 50 doing?
        What is the destiny of the disposable workers sent in by the Yakuza?
        Are they sent home to die…and contaminate their families? Sure they are..

        • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

          I just read a comment somewhere…it talks about how Tepco..transfers radioactive waste through piping a weed can puncture…
          Remember those pictures?

  • labmonkeywithagun labmonkeywithagun

    This seems to be a very different leak then the strontium leak. This is before the Kurion system that removes almost all the cesium. The other 12 tons was after. Looking back found that after Kurion strontium is left at about a trillion Bqs per ton….then there was a leak at one storage tank where they got 2000 milliSv/hour, don't know the quantity that had leaked from the seams there.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Once enough information regarding the increasing amounts of radiation in the ecosystem is disseminated, there won't be any further need to even try to prevent further contamination.

      Soon, all the water pumped will go back into the sea (if not already), every rod that can be picked up will go into the sea (if not already), every ounce of wood waste will be burned for energy, then dumped into the sea, at some point it won't matter anymore.

      Once that information is fully disseminated, they'll all just walk away.

      A year or two at the most.

  • many moons

    The wall street journal is as laughable as FOX news….
    "Possible leak" If tepco is admitting to 12 tons of leakage…that wouldn't be a possible leak…that would be a leak.

    Renews concerns….what does that mean? Does that mean that the wall street journal had lay to rest any concerns they might have had for a three way meltdown worst industrial accident the world has ever seen that just happens to be getting worse….

    The wall street journal is a joke and so are the so called Journalist who get a salary from the WSJ-What shitty journalism.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      yes, don't you just love the wording, "possible" leak? And "12 tons of contaminated water MAY HAVE" escaped into the ocean. I realize the choice of words is part of translation, but the use of the word "escaped" makes it sound like the water ran away from its captors or something. Bad water, shame on you for running away!

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      The WSJ reports what they're told to report.

      The WSJ is owned by the Murdochs. They own Fox News. Mitt Romney, through Bain Capital, owns Clear Channel Communications, which owns Premier Radio Network, which has all the conservative radio talk-show hosts under contract.

      Two people, Rupert Murdoch and Mitt Romney, control almost 100% of the conservative news, both TV, radio and most print, in this country.

      And the former owners of the WSJ aren't happy about any of this:

      It isn't any better on the other side, but remember that GE is a leading fundraising source for the Democrats as well as the Republicans, and Immelt serves the Administration.

      The sources of factual nuclear news is extremely limited, as is so much else.

      If you think either party cares one bit about you and your family, check out what the FDA is doing about food safety inspections. They don't care about us or our kids – none of them.

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        ..and they all party with Hollywood and the entertainment sector.
        There are many aware individuals.. but the majority of the industry is blind… blinded yet driven by money for decades.
        When the going get's tough…some can be found hiding in a ditch..a trench…

    • gottagetoffthegrid

      if the discharge of the water was intentional, then it wouldn't be a "leak".

  • many moons

    PS anything that immediately hurts your long term health (exposure to radiation) is infact an immediate health risk….

  • "The company estimates roughly 12 tons of contaminated water may have escaped into the ocean."

    "Eyes Roll"

    • richard richard

      apparently each reactor is being fed 9 tonnes of water an hour.

      that's kind of about a tanker full for 4 reactors, each hour.

      and decommisioning will take 30 years (cough cough).

      A semi trailer, per hour, per day, per week, per year, per decade equals roughly 10 million tonnes of water over 30 years.

      'A cubic meter of pure water at four degrees Celsius weighs 1000 kilograms, or one tonne (a metric ton).'

      '8 million m³ — volume of chalk excavated in the construction of the Channel Tunnel'

      '3.33 million m³ — volume of concrete in Hoover Dam'

      • NoNukes NoNukes

        Thanks, Richard. A tanker each hour, for a year, and not a single government on the Pacific Rim, or elsewhere, will speak up to protect the world. It doesn't have to be this way, this is just the cheapest way in the short term, but in the long term the bill will never end, as multi-million dollar ocean front property becomes worthless, and hospitals go under, etc., etc., it is insane.

        • richard richard

          another avenue of silence that contributes to my never-ending, draw-dropping experience of this disaster.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Total Fukushima Radiation Released Into Ocean, Air, Groundwater, Storage Tanks; via A Green Road Blog

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      AGR, I usually don't post at Facebook, but can I put a link there to some of your articles? Would like to help you get some more exposure. Keep up the good work.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    What happened to the 'other' 30 leaks that were going on for the longest time?

    Are they being ignored, or do they just figure it will have 'no immediate impact on health'?

    With frozen ground, all of this leaking super radioactive stuff is going straight into the ocean.

    No one is going to risk their health to stop the water by vaccuum or other method.

  • shiverca shiverca

    F*** Y** TEPCO!!!! No immediate health risk was what you said from DAY ONE!!

    When will these CRIMINALS be publicly beheaded???

    How long do we have to wait?

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    These nuclear catastrophes are the responsibility of every nuclear affiliate in the world. Not just a tepco prob.

  • markww markww


  • Cdog Cdog

    Reactor cores 1 and 2 melted onto the basements were their constantly in contact with injected fresh water and sea water which is seeping both ways through the wrecked pump and electrical tunnels. I'm sorry but a isolated leak is insignificant when everyday essentially these cores are in the ocean. Not to mention core 3 and fuel pool3 aerosolized lots of that came down into the bay. Remember Tepco is trying to cement the ocean floor, LOL!

  • Cdog Cdog

    Time to sell the surf board.

  • jahdesm jahdesm

    no word about 90 tones water injekted every day in reactor 2 and still left only 60 centimeters on bottom that is the leak its going somewhere, straightly to ocean

  • many moons

    There are strength in numbers but the numbers have to agree and be at least a little organized…..otherwise they are just and easy target…the fish have to swim together to form a school!
    The only thing we have going is the organize movement…we should all try to support this movement in our local towns.

  • glowfus

    off topic, the U.S. coast guard is going to sink that drifting fuku ship off the coast of alaska. they are saying the 2,000 gallons of fuel will evaporate off the sea surface. in normal times, the fuel would be off-loaded before it was sunk , but these aren't normal times in reference to fuku. so, one 6,000 ton pile of contaminated junk down and 10 million tons left to go.

  • jec jec

    And the possible human remains on board? HELLO!

  • glowfus

    no immediate health threat,,,,no immediate health threat,,,,no immediate health threat,,,i picture a bunch of retarded #@#$ cultists chanting that.

  • Getting us used to the idea of tons and tons of radio active water dumped into our ocean. The unreported figures are much higher. We will here about it next year
    US navy will sink Japanese fishing boat before activists check for radiation. Normal procedure for this would be remove the fuel. Suspect radiation onboard.

  • Hear about it next year

  • Jack Jack

    Hopefully the Japanese government and TEPCO will allow some grown-ups to take over.

  • Blown Camaro

    Okay, I have this figured out:

    "Immediate health threat" simply means INSTANT DEATH. Now, from now on when you read "TEPCO says no immediate health threat", you wil know what they mean.

    Cancer? Oh fuck yeah! And lots of it. But not today.

  • CBF

    Looks like the Japanese Government will take a 50.1% controlling stake in TEPCO. Not sure if that is good or bad, but it can't get any worse.

  • CBF

    sarc – Of course it is going to get worse. It's only a matter of time.

  • With the water getting into the soil and under the plants, I believe there is a slight chance with a quake may send the whole complex sliding/liquidating/liquefying into the Pacific !