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Published On: Fri, Jan 23rd, 2015

Japan approves TEPCO pumping Fukushima Daiichi Water into the Pacific

nsnbc : Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority, on Wednesday, approved a plan proposed by TEPCO, the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (NPP) to drain what is described as “filtered waste-water” from the power-plant into the Pacific Ocean. 

TEPCO proposed pumping radioactive contaminated groundwater that is pumped up from wells around the crippled reactors, stating that it “plans to” reduce the level of radioactive material in the water before releasing it into the Pacific Ocean.

The tanks are not welded and connected by plastic pipes. Experts warn that massive leakage could occur during an earthquake.

Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority approved TEPCO’s plan on Wednesday.

The plan includes the installation of drain pipes, pumping systems, and filtering equipment that would reduce the levels of cesium-137 to less that one becquerel per liter before releasing the water into the Pacific Ocean environment, states TEPCO.

TEPCO suggested that it would start-up the release gradually. Japan’s Nuclear Regulator also agreed to that part of TEPCO’s proposal while it is asking TEPCO to assure that it would fully disclose all measurements and ensure that there were no further direct waste-water leaks.

A German nuclear engineer who has been consulting for nsnbc since 2013 noted that the announcement to reduce cesium-137 levels to 1 becquerel per liter was deceptive. He added that:

“The statement reflects the standard deceptive strategy. That is, to discuss for example cesium and iodine while omitting the fact that the waste-water also would contain plutonium and a cohort of other of the most toxic elements.”

TEPCO for its part stated that it wouldn’t begin draining water into the Pacific before local residents, that is Mayors of regional communities, fishermen and others had agreed to the plan.

A Japanese journalist who is reporting for nsnbc on condition of anonymity after having received multiple death threats already stressed that the statement implies that money is changing hands, and that those who can’t be bought would be intimidated, blackmailed or otherwise “removed”.

Japan_Earthquake risk_Dec 2014_mapIt is noteworthy that TEPCO has had problems with its filtering equipment since it began using it in 2013 and that these problems are recurring.

The Fukushima Daiichi NPP has released hundreds of cubic meters of highly contaminated water into the Pacific since the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in 2011 led to the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

It is also noteworthy that TEPCO has established a Tank Farm with over one-thousand tanks. These tanks contain highly radioactive contaminated water. These tanks are not welded tanks but flange tanks with steel bolts and rubber seals. Many of these tanks have begun leaking already. These tanks are connected with swimming-pool grade plastic pipes.

Experts repeatedly warned that these tanks were not designed to withstand a major earth quake. A recent study shows that the Fukushima Daiichi NPP is located in an area in which the risk of a major destructive earthquake occurring within a 30-year period, is 26% or above.

That is, earthquakes of magnitude five or above on Japan’s earthquake scale that rates six as the strongest and most destructive earthquakes. Many of Japan’s NPPs are located in the most earthquake and tsunami prone regions of Japan, revealed a recent study. (See related article below).

CH/L – nsnbc 22.01.2015

Probability of major Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster in Japan “extreme”

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  1. mae says:

    Guess what Japan. It’s not your fucking ocean to decide what you can dump into it, it’s the whole world’s ocean and you can fucking ruin it. Haven’t you fuck heads done enough to polite this world????

  2. How is it not considered an act of war to kill the entire Pacific Ocean ? Why have cap and trade for carbon emissions if we won’t do the same for releases of plutonium particles,strontium, and cancer causing long term low level radiation ? I am tired of these crooks owning our entire political system to the point that the U.S.A. is doing absolutely nothing to protect our planet or save its people from certain death.

  3. Ginger says:

    I cannot freakin believe this. Isn’t anyone going to do anything about monitoring them (besides those taking bribes)and testing the ‘filtered’ water out BEFORE they release it into the ocean? WTF, you are correct. It is not their f’n ocean to pollute. Hey if we had a whole HD motorcycle and other crap wash up in Seattle don’t you think this shit will make it eventually. Not to mention killing half the ocean off in the process. This is outrageous. Self-absorbed, unconscionable, stupid fu*ks.

  4. MAE – LAUREL – GINGER: Let me first of all stress that this is a personal comment and not a comment in my function as editor of this newspaper. That said:

    I may not agree with some of the language you use but I do agree with your basic sentiments. UNCONSCIONABLE. I agree that it is not their Ocean. That said, we should also be careful not to call for measures which interfere into the sovereignty of nations. It may be counterproductive and backfire when and where one least expects it.
    As for the contamination, spread of hot particles, they are being dispersed around the globe and the world needs to take action to help Japan, if necessary by giving them a hint that it could harm their economy not to do so. …
    If to really address the issue one needs to address the entire nuclear industry nexus, at the IAEA, in the USA, Russia, Japan, China, Iran, Israel, France, Australia, India, Turkey, and everywhere. This will only be possible by organizing a global, and I mean global movement. One cannot play favoritism and support one nation while blaming another one and vice versa.

    Now, as editor-in-chief of nsnbc I would like to add this. We have two Japanese journalists who report for nsnbc once in a while, and only when they have traveled out of Japan to communicate with us. Their lives have been threatened. Their freedom of speech and the freedom of the press grossly violated.

    We know two others who wanted to report for nsnbc but were intimidated, threatened with arrest, imprisonment. What we need is to organize international support for Japanese journalists. We urgently need that, and we also urgently need our regular readers and subscribers to use the donate button. Less than 0.5% of our subscribers have ever donated. Ask yourself if you believe a free press is necessary. If your conclusion is yes it is, we urgently need you to donate a modest monthly amount because journalists have to pay travel expenses, phone bills, media have to cover server bills, phone bills, and one cannot expect a free press to function when journalists and editors “literally” have to ask themselves, “shall I pay the phone bill or can I buy food”. Thank you for reading nsnbc and hopefully your support.

    NB.: Follow the links called Fukushima to find our archives with news, analysis and opinion about the situation.

    • Marilyne says:

      @Christof Lehmann… they have offered TEPCO says they have it under control and don’t need any help… Some scientist have offered to go on a suicide to help fix this global problem only to be denied ….

    • Lisa says:

      Thank you for taking the time to comment on this. The State Secrecy Laws in Japan are terrifying. I agree we need a global effort to address the entire nuclear industry, including the problems in Japan. Very difficult situation when the US DOE and IAEA are calling the shots. Japan’s incompetency coupled with the usual cover methods (they have hired the cleanup expert from Hanford to help them deal with this, go figure), and a general state of dential have made this a very difficult issue to address. I spent a full year of my life on this, spoke to every expert including top people at Greenpeace, NASA, etc… broke the story to Union of Concerned Scientists back in 2013 when it was about to breach the containment, was told it was not newsworthy (then Lyman wrote a book on it after appearing on TV multiple times)… it goes on and on… It’s a shame we can’t mobilize high-profile athletes to shine a light on the absurdity of this in view of the 2020 Olympics. My whole world view has changed as a result of the lack of response to this critical issue.

      • Lisa, now that you are mentioning Hanford. I am personally supervising nsnbc’s investigation into the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and you know what, insiders come forward to us because we are one of the few newspapers whom they do and can trust. It took us a long time and hard work to achieve that.

        Try to make a search for HANFORD on our website and you’ll see. It took us a year to get to someone on the inside. Now, we continue working on this, but things take time -mainly for two reasons.

        1) Limited resources. For a small newspaper like nsnbc an investigation is extremely costly and less than 0,5% of our subscribers ever donate. We want to keep nsnbc free of charge because even those who work for a dollar per day need an independent newspaper and the add revenue does not even cover our server bills.
        2) Because all of the official authorities we are contacting, regardless whether they are in Japan, Washington DC, Washington State, or the UN appear to do all in their power to delay answering our questions as much and as long as they possibly can.

        I appreciate your appreciation of our newspaper. It is a collective effort and we are a newspaper for the people. What we really need is more people to understand that we also need their support, so we don’t have to make a choice between feeding our children or paying phone and server bills.

        With warmest regards. Christof

  5. Lisa says:

    This is criminal and violates International Sea Law. TEPCO has already admitted they cannot successfully decontaminate the water, and for a fact there are substances, like strontium, that they have no technology to remove. Clearly, the US Department of Energy and IAEA are continuing to pull strings, as TEPCO continually admits it has no capability to deal with this. Technologies for decommissioning the plant and decontaminating the water were submitted via IRID. Our global Pacific cannot tolerate any more contamination, as verified by a recent UC Berkeley report just released on ocean health Where are our ocean conservation groups? Where is international outcry? We are all complicit in this suicide pact until someone with influence speaks up to literally turn the tide.

  6. sovereigntea says:

    The only authority with the clout to do anything is the US DOE we hear nothing. PS The risk model for radionuclides greatly understates the risk see Busby.
    1 DRPH/2005-20: Health consequences of chronic internal contamination by radionuclides. Comments on the ECRR report “The health effects of ionising radiation exposure at low doses for radiation protection purposes” and IRSN recommendations.
    Downloadable on this site (in pdf format). “”””””

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