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Fukushima Clean-Up Chief Admits Contaminated Water will be Dumped into Ocean

By Charles Kennedy | Thu, 05 December 2013 22:46 | 4

ABC recently held an exclusive interview with Dale Klein, the former chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and now chairman of the Fukushima Monitoring Committee, in which he admitted that many more accidents are bound to happen at the stricken nuclear site before the clean-up is finished, and that the contaminated water collected will eventually have to be dumped into the sea.

“I think the best word to use with Fukushima is challenging,” he said.

In order to keep cool the nuclear fuel rods stored at the damaged power plant in the Fukushima prefecture, TEPCO has been forced to pump millions of litres of water into the reactors, but this process heavily contaminates the water meaning that it must later be stored in special tanks. The facility already boasts thousands of tanks full of radiated water, and some of those tanks have infamously leaked into the Pacific Ocean.

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Fukushima water tanks

Klein admits that TEPCO’s biggest challenge is treating and storing this ever growing volume of contaminated water. Suggesting that once the water is sufficiently treated to remove most of its radioactive elements, it will then be dumped back into the ocean.

“At the end of the day, when the water is discharged, it will be released in a way that it's diluted. So there's no risk to public health and safety. But it's an emotional issue.”

ABC even discovered that the contaminated water is not the only problem blighting Fukushima. Another anonymous man who used to work at the site as part of the clean-up crew, told them that he was working “at the plant earlier this year when a rat chewed through some wiring and knocked out power to several used fuel pools.

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I thought, 'how could one rat cause such a big problem?' There were no back-up systems.”

Klein confirmed that such incidents were occurring and that “we will see more of those. When you look at that site, it's massive. It's a big site and it's not unusual to have other things like that.”

By. Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com

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  • nick peperis on January 08 2014 said:
    Michael Schivo - You cant just blow it up. Nuclear fallout from the blast would drift on the wind in the same manner the ocean carries the contaminated water by current - think before you speak.
  • Anthony on December 07 2013 said:
    what the hell are these people thinking? oh we're gonna go ahead and dump our radioactive waste into the ocean and poison the earth. oh dont worry we're gonna filter it so it wont be as radioactive. why is it the whole world has to pay for your ignorance? your unpreparedness? tepco needs to be dealing with this like it's an important matter, instead of trying to sweep it under the rug.
  • Michael Schivo on December 06 2013 said:
    Evacuate all living things for miles and NUKE everything..Hiroshima all over again...do not poisen the waters that have currents and mating fish....blow it up after most of the radiation is removed from the barrells...don't have enough barrells??...too bad ..GET MILLIONS MORE...stop thinking shortcuts..take it all out ..KABOOM
  • Hiroshi Suzuki on December 06 2013 said:
    TEPCO investigates radiation levels of exhaust stack at Fukushima Daiichi

    Enformable – Dec 6, 2013

    Tokyo Electric assumes that the high dose areas identified by investigations, is likely due to two or more highly radioactive sources in the piping.

    It is estimated that the sources may around 25 Sieverts per hour near-surface, with a dose rate of some 15 Sieverts per hour.

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