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Shunichi Tanaka, the head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan, and the country’s chief nuclear regulator announced on Wednesday, that the nuclear power plant at Fukushima, has been leaking contaminated water into the ocean for the two years since the accident that saw three of the plants six reactors suffer a meltdown.
The problem stems from the fact that ground water is leaking into the basement of the damaged reactors, and becoming contaminated, and whilst that water is being pumped out and stored in huge tanks on site, the inflow has not yet been stopped, meaning that ever more ground water enters the basement and becomes contaminated.
Tanaka explains that neither his staff, nor those working for the plant’s operator have discovered where the leaks are coming from, and therefore have not been able to stop them.
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Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), the power plants operator, has constantly denied that any of that water heas been leaking into the Ocean, but in the last few days it has switched its position and finally admitted that it can’t actually say for sure that the water is not leaking into the sea.
Tepco has also admitted that the amounts of radioactive cesium, tritium, and strontium detected in groundwater around the plant has been growing, making the job of sealing the leaks even more urgent. Cesium and Strontium are especially dangerous to humans.
Tanaka claims that the evidence that the water is reaching the sea is overwhelming. “We’ve seen for a fact that levels of radioactivity in the seawater remain high, and contamination continues — I don’t think anyone can deny that. We must take action as soon as possible.
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That said, considering the state of the plant, it’s difficult to find a solution today or tomorrow. That’s probably not satisfactory to many of you. But that’s the reality we face after an accident like this.”
For some time now experts have worried that the plant has been constantly continuing to leak radiated material into the ocean, and these latest announcements have only helped to confirm those suspicions.
By. Joao Peixe of Oilprice.com
Joao is a writer for Oilprice.com
This piousness material needs to be moved from the, sea bluff to higher ground inland, dah
Alternative title: Contaminated Water has been Spewing into Ocean for Two Years at Fukushima?
Containment was lost 2 years ago either during the Great Quake or when the reactor cores melted down and through. The metal and concrete shells [containment(s)] are cracked, have a hole burnt through or are missing due to explosions.
The results is high radioactive readings from groundwater and seawater as the lost containment allows the (3) melted radioactive blobs to come in contact with fresh groundwater or leak injected cooling water. This besides any remaining melted fuel exposed to open air.
Almost like the foundations of the units themselves are cracked with no access for repairs, Daiichi is a living nightmare with no solution and will only get worse.
'Cold shutdown' is meaningless without containment(s).
Why were there no alternate plans for removing fuel rods in the event of explosion or meltdown?
Why did the U.S. State Department force Japan to try nuclear power against the wishes of the Japanese people?
Japan's earthquake and Tsunami risks were obvious at the time, so why place reactors where the danger is greatest?
Why has the U.N. ignored the radioactive fallout that now blankets the Northern Hemisphere, and the damage to the food chain in our oceans? Where are the international teams to remove the burning fuel rods?
Where are the U.S., British, Russian, Chinese, nuclear teams to help? Could the answer be that they are equally unprepared?
Nuclear power was sold to the world as "too cheap to meter", and now it is costing us the ocean's food chain, polluting our land, our rainwater, our crops, and contributing to skyrocketing cancer rates in the U.S. and elsewhere.
It should be obvious by now to every nation that nuclear power is too dangerous to exist. At least Germany and Switzerland have common sense enough to look elsewhere for energy. Natural gas is the answer in the U.S., not more nukes.