Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501)’s discovery of leaks in water storage pits at the wrecked Fukushima atomic station raises the risk the utility will be forced to dump radioactive water in the Pacific Ocean.
Leaks were found in three of seven pits in the past week, reducing the options for moving contaminated water from basements of reactor buildings. Water in the basements is from the months after the earthquake and tsunami [...]
Massive New Water Leaks at Fukushima
An official Japanese Parliamentary inquiry found that recklessness by the operator of the Fukushima nuclear reactors caused the Fukushima disaster.
Tepco subsequently admitted as much.
Tepco’s recklessness – and nickel-and-diming cheapness – in dealing with the post-accident response has caused the release of more radiation than necessary. In fact, massive radiation has been released on a daily basis … for years.
Now, Fukushima is suffering from huge new leaks of contaminated water into [...]
This NOAA map shows massive temperature anomaly off the coast of Japan. Coincidence or full on long-term effects of core breach.
Animated loop of March, 2013 temperatures. Spot the odd man out.
Fukushima tank springs major leak
120 tons of radioactive water escape from underground facility
APR 7, 2013
Around 120 tons of contaminated water with an estimated 710 billion becquerels of radioactivity has probably leaked into the ground under the Fukushima No. [...]
Radioactive water may have leaked into the ground from a tank at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the operator said on Saturday, the latest in a series of troubles at the crippled facility.
Up to 120 tonnes of contaminated water may have escaped from one of the seven underground reservoir tanks at the tsunami-damaged plant, according to a Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) spokesman.
The leakage came after one of the [...]
Is Fukushima Leaking … Or Is the the Reactor Wholly Uncontained?
You may have heard that Tepco – the operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plants –announced a large leak of radioactive water.
You may have heard that the cooling system in the spent fuel pools at Fukushima has failed for a second time in a month.
This is newsworthy stuff … but completely misses the big picture.
Japanese experts say that Fukushima is currently releasing up [...]
Worse Than Ever?
Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen said today that the containment vessel at Fukushima reactor 2 has a large crack in it.
Reactors 1, 2 and 3 all exploded.
BBC reports today:
They know very little about what’s going on inside Reactors 1, 2, and 3 [...]
They don’t really know what the state of the reactor core is.
Indeed, there is no containment at Fukushima.
Large quantities of radiation are still leaking into the Pacific Ocean. And see this.
The operator of the Fukushima [...]
Just came across a couple of articles. Don’t know if anyone has posted them yet.
Anyways, 1st off, Tepco says it has 220,761 metric tons of radioactive water stored. (The containment vessels are cracked and they constantly have to pump in water to run over the exposed fuel. The water is then stored in tanks which are currently 95% full.
So…what’s their solution? To ‘filter’ out the cesium and then release the [...]
[Tepco] said Thursday it plans to dump contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean after removing radioactive substances to reduce contamination to legally permissible levels.
[...] it fears eventually running out of capacity to store radioactive water that continues to accumulate at the plant [...]
Asahi: Tepco can’t find where huge amount of highly radioactive water is leaking at Reactor No. 2 — ‘Fractures’ in containment vessel suspected
The operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is grappling to locate the source of a leak of highly radioactive water in the crippled No. 2 reactor [...]
A remote-controlled robot is now scouring the basement of the reactor building [...]
TEPCO suspects the radioactive water is leaking [...]
October 26, 2012
Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant is struggling to find space to store tens of thousands of tons of highly contaminated water, it emerged today.
About 200,000 tons of radioactive water used to cool the broken reactors are being stored in hundreds of gigantic tanks built around the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.
Operator Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) has already chopped down trees to make room for more tanks and predicts the [...]
Federal regulators Thursday disclosed the most detailed information to date on damage at California’s idled San Onofre nuclear power plant, where scores of tubes that carry radioactive water have eroded at an alarming rate.
The detailed data, posted obscurely on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission website, has implications for the future of the seaside plant that has been offline since a tube break in January released traces of radiation.
The records provide the [...]
Radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan could reach the US West Coast in the next 5–6 years, doubling the radioactivity of US coastal waters, according to simulations carried out by German oceanographers.
Just In* Study: Contaminated water from Fukushima reactors could double radioactivity levels of US coastal waters in 5 years — “We were surprised at how quickly the tracer spread” (PHOTO & VIDEO)
[Tepco] said Wednesday record amounts of radiation had been detected in the basement of reactor No. 1, further hampering clean-up operations.
Radiation levels above radioactive water in the basement reached up to 10,300 millisievert an hour, a dose that will kill humans within a short time after making them sick within minutes.
The annual allowed dose for workers at the stricken site is reached in only 20 seconds.
The Fukushima operator said that [...]
Katarzyna Klimasinska and Julie Johnsson
June 8, 2012
FirstEnergy Corp. (FE) is repairing a leak discovered June 6 as it restarted Davis-Besse nuclear station in Ohio following a refueling outage, a company spokeswoman said.
FirstEnergy can’t say for competitive reasons when it expects to complete the repair to the reactor’s coolant system or when the 913-megawatt unit will come online, Jennifer Young, a spokeswoman for the Akron, Ohio-based company said in a [...]
June 6, 2012
The operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant has been dumping something like athousand tons per day of radioactive water into the Pacific ocean.
Remember, the reactors are “riddled with meltdown holes”, building 4 – with more radiation than all nuclear bombs ever dropped or tested – is missing entire walls, and building 3 is a pile of rubble.
The whole complex is leaking like a sieve, and the rivers of water pumped into the [...]
1 - What in the world was Mitt Romney doing at the Bilderberg Group conference? Reporter Charlie Skelton claims that he has four different eyewitnesses that saw Romney there….
Four eyewitnesses on the hotel staff told me Willard Mitt Romney was here at Bilderberg 2012. My four eyewitnesses place him inside. That’s one more than Woodward and Bernstein used. Romney’s office initially refused to confirm or deny his attendance as Bilderberg is “not [...]
More than 1,300 tubes that carry radioactive water inside the San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California are so damaged that they will be taken out of service, the utility that runs the plant said Tuesday.
The figures released by Southern California Edison are the latest disclosure in a probe of equipment problems that have kept the coastal plant sidelined for more than three months.
At issue has been the integrity of [...]
Title: Possible Fukushima Leak Renews Concerns About Plant’s Stability
Source: Wall Street Journal
Author: By YUKA HAYASHI
Date: April 5, 2012, 7:09 a.m. ET
Water containing radioactive substances may have leaked into the ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the plant operator said Thursday, the latest example of continued problems at the stricken plant [...]
The company estimates roughly 12 tons of contaminated water may have escaped into the ocean. High levels of cesium 134 [...]
Thursday, April 5, 2012
About 12 tonnes of water contaminated with radiation has leaked from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
Plant operator TEPCO believes most of the water flowed into the Pacific Ocean. It says the contaminated water leaked from a treatment pipe.
The water contained radioactive strontium which tends to accumulate in bones and can cause leukaemia.
It is the second time in two weeks there has been a leak of [...]
From Zero Hedge:
A few days after the one year anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, nobody talks about it anymore. After all it’s “fixed”, and if it isn’t, the Fed will fix it. Remember in the New Normal nothing bad is allowed the happen. So for those who have forgotten, here is a reminder.
From ASR, a global coastal and marine consulting firm, The Radioactive Seawater Impact Map…
Read full article (with graphic)…
It’s a term describing how “someone else” pays for the damage that comes from consuming energy, be it the tons of radioactive water released in Japan, to the groundwater poisoned by leaking gasoline tanks at petrol stations, to the vast damage caused in the gulf, to the cancer and other health ailments that come from being downwind of a refinery, to the cost of the America’s military operations in the [...]
February 2, 2012
TEPCO reported today that more than eight tons of radioactive water has leaked from the number four reactor at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant after a frozen pipe burst. The electric company said none of the water reached outside of the stricken reactor containment building.
Fukushima reactor number 4 containment building.
TEPCO failed to winterize the reactor’s cooling system and this oversight led to fractures in pipes due to [...]
52 Workers at TEPCO Nuclear Plant Infected with Norovirus
Tokyo, Dec. 17 (Jiji Press)–A total of 52 workers at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s <9501> crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have been infected with norovirus, the utility said Saturday.
The workers, who are employees of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. <7011> and affiliated companies, were installing storage tanks for sludge accumulated after radioactive water decontamination.
Some of them was hospitalized but most are [...]
Water still contained 130 Million becquerels per liter of radioactive strontium after being treated
Strontium-tainted water leak suspected, NHK, December 5, 2011:
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says about 45 tons of strontium-tainted water may have leaked out of a water treatment device, with a portion of it spilling out of the facility. [...]
The level of radioactive cesium had been reduced to 45 becquerels per cubic centimeter after [...]
Monday, December 5, 2011
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says radioactive water leaked from a water treatment facility may have reached the sea through a gutter.
Tokyo Electric Power Company says slightly elevated levels of cesium were detected on Sunday in seawater around an outlet from the gutter.
Earlier in the day, workers found that at least 45 tons of water had leaked from a desalinization device at the [...]
Tokyo Electric Power Co. may fail to meet its goal of removing millions of liters of toxic water from basements and trenches at its crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant this year as equipment breakdowns hinder progress.
Radioactive water accumulated at the station has fallen 2 percent to 119 million liters, enough to fill 47 1/2 Olympic- sized swimming pools, from 121 million liters on June 28, [...]