December 6, 2013

Fukushima: Plans to dump contaminated water into ocean

ABC, Australia - The man in charge of the clean-up at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant says growing stores of contaminated water from the site will eventually have to be dumped into the sea.

In an exclusive interview with the ABC, the chairman of the Fukushima Monitoring Committee, Dale Klein, has also admitted there are likely to be more blunders and slip-ups at the plant in the months and years to come.

Since the 2011 earthquake and ensuing tsunami sparked the nuclear disaster, TEPCO has been pouring millions of litres of water onto Fukushima's reactors to try and keep them cool.

That radioactive water is now being stored in tanks at the site but already thousands of liters have leaked into the Pacific Ocean.

Mr Klein says the biggest challenge for TEPCO is dealing with these ever-growing volumes of contaminated water being stored at Fukushima.

He believes that after the water is treated and stripped of most radioactive elements, it will be safe to dump into the Pacific.

"At the end of the day, when the water is discharged, it will be released in a way that it's diluted," he said.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Tepco's been dumping 400,000 tons of contaminated water into the ocean daily for months/years. Since they don't tell the truth until forced to, it's hard to know how serious the situation is.
Some of the issues now are:
Japan's new whistle blower law which basically says, if you report anything we don't like, we'll put you in jail as a terrorist, it criminalizes investigative journalism.
Threatening Dr's, they are not allowed to tell patients if their illnesses are related to Fuku/radiation.
Lying to the public about the safety of produce, especially from Fuku district.
Lying about the hundreds, possibly thousands of deaths from Fuku. (Whistle blower Dr's have already admitted to over 800 deaths before the gov shut them down)
The unusually high number of childhood cancers already being seen from Fuku. (Chernobyl took 4 years to elevate these cancers, this has happened at Fuku within 2 years)
The likelihood of a sinkhole developing around Fuku's nuclear reactor.
Many of Hawaii's coral reefs are dying or have died, as have up to 60% of their fish.
Likely radioactive garbage from Fuku, floating off Hawaii stretching over two miles long.
From Bloomberg: Fukushima isotopes are nearing West Coast — Official: U.S. ocean water to have 100 Bq/m3 of cesium-137?
& last, but not least, the dangers of removing the fuel rods from reactor 4 & the likelihood of any problem creating a cascading event to Rectors 1, 2, & 3.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, but I'll stop here.