Latest 8th August 2013
groundwater contamination at Fukushima in recent
days—Strontium/beta up 4500%; Cesium up almost 1500%
in Fukushima groundwater increase 47-fold over 5
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said 56,000 becquerels of
radioactive substances, including strontium, were
detected per liter of groundwater sampled on Aug. 5
in the “No. 1-5” monitoring well, which is adjacent
to the turbine building for the No. 1 reactor. The
previous measurement for the well water was made on
leaks 300 tons of contaminated water daily
A Japanese government official said an estimated 300
tons of contaminated water is leaking into the ocean
each day from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant,
after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Aug. 7 to
step up government efforts to stem radioactive water
The ministry official also said the utility would
begin pumping out groundwater to reduce leakage and
had aimed to be removing 300 tons per day by
December, but would end up 60 tons short of that
Removing 300 tons of groundwater, however, would not
necessarily halt leakage into the sea, he said.
5th August 2013
Tepco is struggling to contain the highly radioactive water that is
seeping into the ocean near Fukushima. The head of Japan's NRA, Shinji
Kinjo exclaimed,"right now, we have an
emergency," as he noted the
groundwater has breached an underground barrier and is rising
toward the surface - exceeding the limits of radioactive discharge. In a
rather outspoken comment for the typically stoic Japanese, Kinjo said
Tepco's "sense of crisis was weak," adding that "this is why you can't
just leave it up to Tepco alone" to grapple with the ongoing disaster.
As Reuters notes, Tepco has been accused of covering up shortcomings and
has been lambasted for its ineptness in the response and while the
company says it is taking actions to contain the leaks, Kinjo fears
if the water reaches the surface "it
would flow extremely fast," with some suggesting as little as three
weeks until this critical point. Via Reuters,
Highly radioactive water seeping into
the ocean from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an
"emergency" that the operator is struggling to contain, an
official from the country's nuclear watchdog said on Monday.
This contaminated groundwater has
breached an underground barrier, is rising toward the surface and
is exceeding legal limits of radioactive discharge, Shinji Kinjo, head
of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) task force, told Reuters.
Countermeasures planned by Tokyo
Electric Power Co are only a temporary solution, he said.
Tepco's "sense of crisis is weak,"
Kinjo said. "This is why you can't just leave it up to Tepco alone" to
grapple with the ongoing disaster.
"Right now, we have an emergency,"
If you build a wall, of course the water is going to accumulate there.
And there is no other way for the water
to go but up or sideways and eventually lead to the ocean," said
Masashi Goto, a retired Toshiba Corp nuclear engineer who worked on
several Tepco plants. "So now, the question is how long do we have?"
Contaminated water could rise to the
ground's surface within three weeks, the Asahi Shimbun said on
Saturday. Kinjo said the three-week timeline was not based on NRA's
calculations but acknowledged that if
the water reaches the surface, "it would flow extremely fast."
The admission on the long-term tritium leaks, as well as renewed
criticism from the regulator, show the precarious state of the $11
billion cleanup and Tepco's challenge to fix a fundamental problem: How
to prevent water, tainted with radioactive elements like cesium, from
flowing into the ocean.
There is a disturbing conspiracy
theory, with interesting facts and deep but plausible connections which
explains a possible scenario concerning the company who
installed the monitoring equipment. It could certainly be an engrossing
novel and as the chap who wrote it has been harassed, - his facts are impeccable.
For those interested it is
The great mass of people ... will more easily fall
victim to a big lie than to a small one. What luck for rulers that men
do not think.” — Adolf Hitler (1889 –1945) “Only the small secrets need
to be protected. The big ones are kept secret by public incredulity.”