Dee Finney's blog
start date July 20, 2011
today's date April 6, 2013
TOPIC: FUKISHIMA - HIDING THE FACT THAT NUCLEAR RADIATION HAS BEEN
LEAKING INTO THE OCEAN ALL THIS TIME.
Nuclear Plant Leaking Contaminated Water In Japan
TOKYO -- The operator of Japan's crippled nuclear plant said Saturday that it
was moving tons of highly radioactive water from a temporary storage tank to
another after detecting signs of leakage, in a blow to the plant's struggles
with tight storage space.
Tokyo Electric power Co. said about 120 tons of the water are believed to
have breached the tank's inner linings, some of it possibly leaking into the
soil. TEPCO is moving the water to a nearby tank at the Fukushima Dai-chi plant
– a process that could take several days.
TEPCO detected the leak earlier in the week, when radiation levels spiked in
water samples collected in between the inner linings of the tank. Radiation
levels in water samples taken outside the tank also have increased, an
indication of the water leak, TEPCO spokesman Masayuki Ono said.
Contaminated water at the plant, which went into multiple meltdowns after the
March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan, has
escaped into the sea several times during the crisis. Experts suspect there has
been a continuous leak into the ocean through an underground water system,
citing high levels of contamination among fish caught in waters just off the
The leak is not only an immediate environmental concern, but threatens
TEPCO's tight water management situation, Ono said.
The tank contains 13,000 tons of water, which is part of the water that was
used to cool melted fuel at the plant's reactors damaged in the twin disasters.
So much water has been used that TEPCO is struggling to find storage space.
"The impact (from the leak) is not small, as the space is already tight," Ono
said. "We need to revise our water management plans."
More than 270,000 tons of highly radioactive water is already stored in
hundreds of gigantic tanks and another underground tank. They are visible even
at the plant's entrance and built around the compound, taking up more than 80
percent of its storage capacity.
TEPCO expects the amount to double over three years and plans to build
hundreds of more tanks by mid-2015 to meet the demand.
Because of that, TEPCO is anxious to launch a new water treatment system that
can purify the contaminated water. The machine, called ALPS, recently started a
final test run after six months of delays due to safety requirements by
The delay caused TEPCO to use some of seven underground tanks, originally
meant for ALPS-treated water, to accommodate the contaminated water backlog as a
TEPCO officials have indicated they hope to release the water into the ocean,
but Ono said the company has no immediate plans to do so without public
The plant is being decommissioned but continues to experience glitches. A
fuel storage pool temporarily lost its cooling system Friday, less than a month
after the plant suffered a more extensive outage.
The underground tank, several times the size of an Olympic-size swimming pool
and similar to an industrial waste dump, is dug directly into the ground and
protected by two layers of polyethylene linings inside the outermost clay-based
lining, with a felt padding in between each layer.
The meltdowns have caused the plant to release radiation into the
surroundings and displaced about 160,000 people from around the plant. They do
not know when or if they will be able to return home.
RADIATION LEVELS IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN
May 30, 2012 –
We've learned recently that radiation
from Fukushima has travelled to North
... largest accidental deposit of radiation
in the ocean affect our Pacific fish?
... "Levels of radioactivity
found in fish are not decreasing and there ...
Jan 15, 2012 –
From ALEX ROSLIN Montreal Gazette Thanks to
Rosalind Peterson. Evidence has emerged that the
impacts of the disaster on the Pacific
Apr 3, 2012 –
Concentrated levels found as
scientists sample the Pacific for signs of
... Fukushima Radiation Tracked
Across Pacific Ocean (Live Science): ...
Apr 3, 2012 –
Even so, Buesseler said, the
radioactivity levels are still below what is
allowed .... Fukushima Radiation
Tracked Across Pacific Ocean - Yahoo!
Jul 17, 2012 –
US West Coast to receive dangerous levels
of Fukushima radiation ... and
Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Pacific
Marine Environmental ...
Feb 25, 2012 –
Fukushima radiation detected 400
miles away in Pacific Ocean at levels
1000 times higher than previous readings.
Nov 14, 2012 –
Most of that radioactivity dispersed
across the Pacific Ocean, where it became
diluted to extremely low levels. But in the
region of the ocean ...
Mar 23, 2013 –
The wrecked plant spewed enormous amounts of
radiation into the Pacific, where
cesium levels near the Fukushima
coast shot up to an ...
Jan 8, 2013 –
Article: Media Silent on Fukushima
Radiation Impact in US - Where are ...
about Fukushima and the plum of
radiation reaching across the Pacific
... going inside the no-entry zone and
reporting radiation levels over 10 times
Sep 4, 2012 –
Radiation Levels at Fukushima
Now at Record Highs ... was projected to
spread eastward from Japan in the North Pacific
Visit the American Nuclear Society Web Site and
Measure Your Exposure
HERE ARE PAST LINKS FROM FUKUSHIMA ON THIS SITE:
2011 – An area flooded by a
tsunami in Iwaki, Fukushima
prefecture after Japan was struck by a
magnitude 8.9 earthquake off its
northeastern coast ...
2012 – FUKUSHIMA, Japan
(Reuters) Japanese Chief Cabinet
Secretary Yukio Edano ... This is
the worst-case scenario unfolding at
2011 – Japan's Fukushima
reactors lost offsite power after a
magnitude 9 earthquake struck in March.
The tsunami that followed the quake
wiped out ...
2011 – RADIATION UPDATE - Leuren
Moret: Fukushima radiation food
2003 – There were no reports of
damage at the Onagawa nuclear power
plant in Miyagi or at nuclear plants in
nearby Fukushima prefecture,
2011 – We Are All Fukushima
- Get the special report by David
Rainoshek Click here to download now
(PDF) Mar 25 Health Freedom Expo in Long
Kansai is burning MOX
and TEPCO is burning MOX in its
Fukushima reactor. Japan aims to
have one third of its reactors using MOX
by 2010, and has approved ...
... Hokkaido and
a tsunami alert for the coastal areas in
western Hokkaido as well as the northern
Japanese prefectures of Aomori, Iwate,
Miyagi and Fukushima.
2012 – ... of Japan
weren't capable of causing massive
quakes and thus giant tsunamis like the
one that destroyed the Fukushima
96 km (60 miles) E (88
degrees) of Fukushima, Honshu,
JaSan 97 km (60 miles) NE (37 degrees)
of Iwaki, Honshu, Japan 283 km (176
miles) NE (34 degrees) ...