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Nuclear Nightmare at Fukushima Just Keeps Getting Worse & Worse.

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says the damage to nuclear fuel in one of its reactors may be worse than previously thought.Tokyo Electric Power Company engineers have been working to size up damage at the plant from the March 2011 accident and start the process of decommission.Officials with the utility now say most of the nuclear fuel in the No. 3 reactor melted through the reactor core and is now resting at the bottom of the containment vessel.They had previously said some of the fuel was still inside the reactor. Their latest assessment suggests decommissioning the No. 3 reactor could be more challenging than previously thought.A government panel investigating the meltdown had said an improper shutdown of an emergency cooling system called “HPCI” had contributed to the accident.But the utility’s latest analysis states the cooling system was already dysfunctional before workers shut it down. It says a meltdown in the No. 3 reactor started at 5.30 AM on March 13th. That’s about 5 hours earlier than previously estimated.It says most of the fuel melted through the reactor core and had dropped into the containment vessel by the following morning.
From; http://www.desdemonadespair.net/2014/08/meltdown-at-fukushima-reactor-3-worse.html

Posted on Thursday, September 4th 2014

Japan Prepares To Release Thousands Of Tons Of Fukushima Groundwater Into The Pacific

A few days ago, with over a three year delay,Japan finally admitted what was clear to most from day one: the consequences of the Fukushima disaster have been far, far worse than officials had reported, and not only is the containment effort out of control, but that morenuclear fuel had melted at the Fukushima nuclear reactor than previously reported, suggesting that neither TEPCO nor the government have had any success in mitigating what is now the worst - and ongoing - nuclear disaster in history.So now, perhaps to celebrate its truth-tellingways, TEPCO has announced that it is planning to release thousands of tons of radioactive groundwater from the Fukushima disaster site into the ocean. Actually scratch that: officially the water dumped into the Pacific will be “decontaminated”, because TEPCO has that rare habit of “telling the truth.” It will also do so only after getting permission from local fishermen, who apparently have a choice: whether to catch five-eyed tuna after giving TEPCO “yes” for an answer, or merely catching five-eyed tuna, period.As NHK confirms, TEPCO “is seeking approval from fishermen to discharge decontaminated ground water into the ocean.”The spin: dumping “decontaminated” water into the ocean is an improvement because Fukushima is already leaking some 200 tons ofcontaminated ground water per day into the ocean. So why not slap a “treated” sticker on the water and just dump it all. It’s not as if the idiotic plan lifted straight from Game of Thrones, which Japan came up with last year to encase Fukushima in a frozen sarcophagus had any chance of working. So now it is straight to what anyone with a functioning frontal lobe said would happen anyway: thousands if not millions of tons of radioactive water will enter the Pacific anyway. Only this time TEPCO is at least pretending to care about the truth and/or the environment.More from NHK:Highly radioactive water at the plant is seeping into the earth and mixing with ground water. Experts estimate around 200 tons of contaminated ground water are leaking into the ocean each day. Engineers with Tokyo Electric Power Company are building an iron barrier along a coastal embankment in a bid to contain the problem. TEPCO officials say they plan to pump the water and remove radioactive substances using a decontamination system they are building. They say the barrier and the decontamination system will be in place in September. But they have limited capacity in storage tanks at the plant, and want to discharge the decontaminated water into the ocean.In other words, to avoid dumping radioactive water into the Pacific, Japan has to… dump radioactive water into the Pacific. Brilliant.
From; http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-09/japan-prepares-release-thousands-tons-fukushima-groundwater-pacific

Posted on Monday, August 18th 2014

Nuclear Pollution: Fukushima Killing Children And Contaminating USA West Coast.

News Flash: Fukushima Is Still a Disaster ________________________________________

Radioactive groundwater washing through the complex is enough of a problem that Fukushima Daiichi owner Tepco has just won approval for a highly controversialice wall to be constructed around the crippled reactor site. No wall of this scale and type has ever been built, and this one might not be ready for two years. Widespread skepticism has erupted surrounding its potential impact on the stability of the site and on the huge amounts of energy necessary to sustain it. Critics also doubt it would effectively guard the site from flooding and worry it could cause even more damage should power fail.Meanwhile, children nearby are dying. The rate of thyroid cancers among some 250,000 area young people is more than 40 times normal. According to health expert Joe Mangano, more than 46 percent have precancerous nodules and cysts on their thyroids. This is “just the beginning” of a tragic epidemic, he warns.
Radioactive groundwater washing through the complex is enough of a problem that Fukushima Daiichi owner Tepco has just won approval for a highly controversialice wall to be constructed around the crippled reactor site. No wall of this scale and type has ever been built, and this one might not be ready for two years. Widespread skepticism has erupted surrounding its potential impact on the stability of the site and on the huge amounts of energy necessary to sustain it. Critics also doubt it would effectively guard the site from flooding and worry it could cause even more damage should power fail.Meanwhile, children nearby are dying. The rate of thyroid cancers among some 250,000 area young people is more than 40 times normal. According to health expert Joe Mangano, more than 46 percent have precancerous nodules and cysts on their thyroids. This is “just the beginning” of a tragic epidemic, he warns.There is, however, some good news—exactly the kind the nuclear power industry does not want broadcast.When the earthquake and consequent tsunami struck Fukushima, there were 54 commercial reactors licensed to operate in Japan, more than 12 percent of the global total.As of today, not one has reopened. The six at Fukushima Daiichi will never operate again. Some 30 older reactors around Japan can’t meet current safety standards (a reality that could apply to 60 or more reactors that continue to operate here in the U.S.). 
From; http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/newsflash_fukushima_is_still_a_disaster_20140603

Posted on Wednesday, June 25th 2014

Fukushima; Massive On-Going Radioactive Pollution Of Groundwater.

 Groundwater shows massive spike in radioactive material at Fukushima plant — Strontium-90 up over 10,000% in past few months — Tepco apologizes 

Xinhua: Very high radioactivity levels were detected in groundwater from an observation well at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, said the plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) Wednesday. […] The observation well was set up on the Pacific side of the plant’s No. 2 reactor turbine building last December to find out the reasons why radioactivity levels in seawater near the plant remained high. The company said the sampled water could be from the contaminated water that seeped into the ground.

Reuters: Testing of groundwater showed the reading for strontium-90 increased from 8.6 becquerels to 1,000 becquerels per litre between Dec. 8, 2012 and May 24

BBC News: High levels of a toxic radioactive isotope have been found in groundwater at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator says. […] Strontium-90 is formed as a by-product of nuclear fission. Tests showed that levels of strontium in groundwater at the Fukushima plant had increased 100-fold since the end of last year, Toshihiko Fukuda, a Tepco official, told media.

NHK: Tokyo Electric has again drawn criticism for a delay in revealing the latest incident. Workers took a sample of the groundwater on May 24th. […] They apologized for the delay.

NHK: [Fukushima] prefecture summoned the utility’s managing director, Akio Komori, to the prefectural government office on Wednesday. Komori apologized for the trouble

From; http://enenews.com/tv-groundwater-shows-massive-spike-in-radioactivity-levels-at-fukushima-plant-strontium-up-10000-over-past-few-months-video

Posted on Friday, July 26th 2013

Releasing Nuclear Water From Fukushima Is Not “Dumping” And Therefore Not Illegal

 Intentionally dumping Fukushima nuclear material into ocean from land “is not considered dumping” — Allowed under international law?

The Fukushima disaster is without precedent and will have unprecedented impacts on future policies governing the ocean, both Japanese and international.

[…] the Fukushima accident has revealed some key shortcomings in international law, said Kentaro Nishimoto, who teaches law of the sea at Tohoku University. To illustrate, he used an incident that has brought sharp criticism from Japan’s neighbors: the intentional release of radioactive water into the sea.

[…] Nishimoto said, the relevant international laws proved to be nonbinding. In particular, he noted, the London Convention on marine pollution, although it expressly prohibits ocean dumping of radioactive material, limits these restrictions to vessels at sea. Release of materials from land is not considered dumping.

“When I tell this to people outside the field of international law, the reaction I get is, ‘This is absurd,’ ” Nishimoto acknowledged. […]

From; http://enenews.com/absurd-intentionally-dumping-fukushima-nuclear-material-ocean-land-considered-dumping-allowed-international-law

Posted on Wednesday, June 12th 2013

Fukushima: Radioactive Groundwater Being Pumped Into The Pacific Ocean

Asahi: Tepco to dump groundwater from Fukushima nuclear plant into Pacific Ocean — Trying to “avoid a total collapse” of system for handling radioactive water

Tepco now dumping contaminated water from Fukushima plant into ocean — 200 tons of radioactive groundwater “pumped out”

From; http://enenews.com/report-tepco-begins-dumping-contaminated-water-into-ocean-200-tons-of-radioactive-groundwater-pumped-out

Posted on Wednesday, June 5th 2013

Fukushima Nuke Making Radioactive Water Faster Than Tepco Can Build New Leaky Tanks

TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) has proven itself both untruthful and incompetent, but that didn’t stop the Japanese government from letting them run the clean up on the broke down nukes at Daiichi, site of the second largest nuclear disaster in history and still possibly going for number one. And because these arrogant pricks didn’t want any outside experts on the case, they have come up with another lurking disaster that may well rival the triple meltdown two years ago. Only a few weeks after several cheep storage wells began to leak, TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) finally reports that the plant is essentially manufacturing new radioactive water faster than the geniuses at the power company can build new leaking tanks. This is for the simple reason that groundwater from the mountains is flowing through the highly contaminated reactors and coming out the other side as waste water full of strontium 90 and other unhealthy stuff. At the moment, the nuclear experts are pumping the water into a tank farm that now covers 42 acres of former lawns and parking lots. But that isn’t going to be enough, based on the simple calculation that more water is flowing in than there are places to put it.

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Posted on Monday, May 27th 2013

Nuclear Pollution: Fukushima Releasing High Level Radioactive Water. This Will Continue For Decades If Not Centuries.

“Liquid releases” of nuclear material into ocean will continue for years and years at Fukushima Daiichi — Already 10 times Chernobyl

 but they’ll continue for years and years into the future.

We already know that the liquid releases are ten times Chernobyl.

‘Direct discharge’ going from Fukushima Daiichi reactors into Pacific — Underground flow of contaminated water also indicated 

Study: Up to 900 trillion becquerels of strontium-90 into ocean from Fukushima plant — “Direct discharges of cooling water”

From  http://enenews.com/

Posted on Monday, April 15th 2013

Americas Most Contaminated Nuclear Site Contains Leaking Radioactive Waste Water Containers

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Hanford Nuclear Tank Leaking Radioactive Waste

 New high-level radioactive leak will reach Columbia River, says scientists — Fourth largest river in U.S. 

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The long-delayed cleanup of the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site became the subject of more bad news Friday, when Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced that a radioactive waste tank there is leaking.

The news raises concerns about the integrity of similar tanks at south-central Washington’s Hanford nuclear reservation and puts added pressure on the federal government to resolve construction problems with the plant being built to alleviate environmental and safety risks from the waste.

The tanks, which are already long past their intended 20-year life span, hold millions of gallons of a highly radioactive stew left from decades of plutonium production for nuclear weapons.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy said liquid levels are decreasing in one of 177 underground tanks at the site. Monitoring wells near the tank have not detected higher radiation levels, but Inslee said the leak could be in the range of 150 gallons to 300 gallons over the course of a year and poses a potential long-term threat to groundwater and rivers.

From;  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/16/hanford-nuclear-tank-is-l_n_2701197.html?utm_hp_ref=green

Posted on Tuesday, February 19th 2013

Nuclear Waste & Cancer Rates

 “Staggering number of cancers, illnesses, and birth defects” linked to nuclear waste? Over 700 cases found in only four square miles — “There’s something very wrong” (Excerpts From Video)

Anchor: There are radioactive secrets beneath the banks and waters of a north St. Louis County creek that may be linked to a staggering number of cancers, illnesses and birth defects. In four square miles, there are three reported cases of conjoined twins and cancer rates that one data expert says is statistically impossible. […]

Janell Wright, class of ’88 McCluer North High School, Accountant and former auditor: “There’s something very wrong.” […]

Leisa Zigman, Reporter: At first she found 30 cases. Within two months, she had data on 200 cases. Now, her maps have more than 700 cases in four square miles […]

Wright: “The children usually came down with brain cancer in the first 15 years of life, in addition, leukemia. In my peer group’s children, there were several children who had to have their thyroid removed before they were 10-years-old.”

Zigman: In the 1940s, Mallinckrodt Chemical Works in downtown St. Louis purified thousands of tons of uranium to make the first atomic bombs. […] 21 acres of airport land became a dumping site where a toxic mixture of uranium, thorium, and radium sat uncovered or in barrels. In the 60s, government documents noted contents from the rusting barrels were seeping into nearby Coldwater Creek. And by the 90s, the government confirmed unsafe levels of radioactive materials in the water. […]

From;  http://enenews.com/tv-staggering-number-cancers-illnesses-birth-defects-linked-nuclear-waste-700-cases-found-only-4-sq-miles-video

Posted on Sunday, February 10th 2013