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Fukushima Operator Announces Plan to Release Radioactive Water into Pacific

The 11 March 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has left TEPCO struggling with a potential public relations disaster ever since.

Since the onset of the incident TEPCO used massive sprays of water to cool the damaged reactor complex.

The debacle ignited concerns worldwide about the release into the environment of radioactive debris from the stricken nuclear facility, a topic that both TEPCO and the Japanese government worked to downplay.

Relentlessly upbeat and optimistic information has been sparingly released by TEPCO ever since, but on July 25 the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbum reported that Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority chairman Shunichi Tanaka told journalists that “The Fukushima No. 1 (nuclear reactor) plant is filling up with water. Inevitably the contaminated water will have to be discharged into the sea after TEPCO processes it properly and lowers (its radioactivity levels) below the standards.”

Since the incident TEPCO has been pouring water over the damaged complex reactors to cool them for more than two years, but contaminated water has been building up at the rate of an Olympic-size swimming pool each week since then. Three months ago TEPCO stated that the space to store the irradiated water was limited and asked for government approval to shift groundwater with “low levels of radiation” from the stricken facility to the Pacific via a "bypass."

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority head Shunichi Tanaka cautiously told journalists, that he believed that the maritime leakages since Fukushima were ongoing, stating, "I think contamination of the sea is continuing to a greater or lesser extent. It was contaminated at the time of the accident, but I think it has been continuing for the last two years. Coming up with countermeasures against all possible (contamination) scenarios is a top priority."

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  • David B. Benson on July 28 2013 said:
    The Japanese are really, really overdoing it. Read Wade Allison's "Radiation and Reason" and for another take

    Hormesis by Low Dose Radiation Effects: Low-Dose Cancer Risk Modeling Must Recognize Up-Regulation of Protection
    Ludwig E. Feinendegen, Myron Pollycove, and Ronald D. Neumann
    Therapeutic Nuclear Medicine
    Springer 2012 ISBN 978-3-540-36718-5
    freely available in pdf format.
  • Tom on July 29 2013 said:
    This is a disaster of epic proportions. They are going to contaminate the Pacific seafood fisheries.
  • Christopher O'Loughlin on July 29 2013 said:
    TEPCO has admitted to 3 reactor meltdowns. 3 reactor core meltdowns equals CHINA SYNDROME X 3. Recent spike measured radiation: water, sea water, fish, kelp. Radiation from water used to cool reactor core meltdown CHINA SYNDROME on land has now reached the adjacent sea water. No one has begun to address the molten reactor core meltdown sinking father into the earth.
    All firefighter know water will extinguish a fire. This is a radioactive meltdown water will not extinguish the reactions. This is a very very poor band aid to avoid addressing how to extinguish a molten meltdown adjacent to the ocean. Chernobyl was not near the ocean and hundreds of feet of cement poured above and entombing the molten meltdown allowed people to walk away and forget about the molten meltdown still there. Fukushima doesn't have the luxury of "Pouring hundreds of feet of cement over the top of the problem because the problem is very near and already leaking the problem into the adjacent sea water, fish, kelp.
    Christopher O'Loughlin RN BSN PHN
  • Paul on July 29 2013 said:
    Stay away from eating Sushi and any Tuna caught in the Pacific
  • resistance2013 on July 29 2013 said:
    They've been doing that the whole time and now they call it a "Plan". Anyone think this is a good "Plan"?

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