Saturday, August 10, 2013

Tepco starts pumping groundwater | The Japan Times

More than two years after the 2011 meltdown disaster started, the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is facing another crisis as an estimated 300 tons of highly radioactive water reach the Pacific Ocean every day.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Friday finally began a full-fledged effort to slow the massive flow by pumping highly toxic groundwater out of one location. But it won’t get to two other areas for several months and estimates that it will take some two years at best to completely solve the problem.

Government officials now say the radioactive water began entering the sea at least since June, given spikes in radioactive materials in samples from a monitoring well near the coast within the plant compound.

Since the catastrophe struck, fishermen have voluntarily stopped operations off Fukushima except for sampling, as the possible impact on fish and human health remains uncertain. But the water crisis is likely to raise further concerns about local seafood and could severely harm Japan’s credibility if both Tepco and the government fail to contain the problem.

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Comment: 300 tons of radioactive water a day!!! Question, where are they going to put all of it? Two years is 730 days times 300 tons is a heck of a lot of water to stow. How many years will they have to stow it before they can release it back into the environment? Where's that water coming from? That's probably the water they're still pumping in to keep those "melted down" reactors cool and in shut down mode. What happens if the leaks get worse? Where's AlGore, Ralph Nader and all their "greenie" friends at? I guess now we all know how much they really care about the "environment!" Not a whole hell of a lot!

At least this story got one thing right. This is a failure of both TEPCO and the government! 

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