TEPCO says new leak has spilt 20,000 litres of radioactive coolant at the stricken Fukushima Nuclear Plant: It is now almost 7 years since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared everything is “under control,”

Friday, 17 January 2020

Radiation-contaminated debris and soil are stockpiled for disposal near the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s embattled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (Photo: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images)

Tokyo Electric Power Company says coolant has seeped out from an underground frozen soil wall built around its crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The frozen soil wall came into operation four years ago. It was built to keep groundwater from flowing into reactor buildings. They were damaged by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear meltdowns.

The utility firm, TEPCO, says it found coolant leaking at three locations from components that connect pipes in the wall. The company had noticed a reduction in coolant in its tank earlier this month and was searching for the cause. TEPCO says it believes 20,000 of 1.1 million litres of the coolant has leaked, but that this will not affect the operation of the wall. The company says it will replace the components in the wall and repair another leak that was found in December. nhk.org

Almost six years after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe famously declared the contaminated water problem at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant “under control,” today it remains anything but.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) continues to face difficulties in dealing with water contaminated with radioactive substances at its crippled plant. About 18,000 tons of highly contaminated water remains accumulated in reactor buildings and other places. Abe made the  “under control,” declaration in September 2013 while Tokyo was bidding to win the 2020 Summer Games.
In reality, however, the situation is not under control even now.

In a meeting of the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) in June, one of its members, Nobuhiko Ban, told TEPCO officials, “I want you to show whether you have a prospect (for the reduction of contaminated water) or you have given up.” The water level did not fall as planned in an area of a basement floor at the No. 3 reactor building for two months. Asked why the level did not drop, TEPCO officials offered only vague explanations in the meeting. Ban made the remark out of irritation. Highly contaminated water that has accumulated in reactor buildings and turbine buildings is a major concern at the Fukushima plant. In addition to water that was used to cool melted nuclear fuel at the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 reactors, groundwater also has flowed into those buildings through cracks. The concentration of radioactive substances in highly contaminated water is about 100 million times that of the contaminated water that has been processed and stored in tanks.

Immediately after the nuclear accident at the Fukushima plant in March 2011, highly contaminated water leaked into the sea through underground tunnels. As a result, radioactive substances whose concentrations were higher than allowable standards were detected in fish and other seafood. After the nuclear accident, about 100,000 tons of water initially accumulated in the basement portions of buildings that housed the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 reactors and buildings that accommodated turbines. TEPCO has removed groundwater through wells.

It also created “frozen walls” in the ground by freezing soil around the buildings.
Using those methods, the company has decreased the flow of groundwater into the buildings and, as a result, the level of highly contaminated water has dropped there. Nine years since the nuclear accident occurred, the volume of highly contaminated water in the buildings has fallen to 18,000 tons. TEPCO aims to reduce the volume further to 6,000 tons by the end of fiscal 2020. Fairwinds.org

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Thousands Of Tons Of Radioactive Fukushima Water To Be Dumped In Pacific As Independent Testing Banned

The Japanese government is refusing to allow independent testing of contaminated water found in the nuclear power plant at Fukushima, which has been leaking ever since a tsunami and earthquake devastatingly hit the facility in March 2011.

The decision not to allow independent testing was allegedly arrived to over “safety concerns” in relation to the storing and transportation of the radioactive water.

Other organizations are not permitted to carry out tests of the water…If we are going to allow external organizations to test the treated water then we would need to go through very strict procedures and due process because that water is contaminated. If it is taken outside this facility, then there need to be strict regulations. – Hideki Yagi, a spokesman for the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)

However, independent environmental groups including Greenpeace and Citizens’ Nuclear Information Centre (CNIC) assert that this is indeed a cover-up against the true level of contamination in the water used to cool three damaged reactors.

There would need to be lots of checks because there is a lot of water, but right now it looks very much to the outside world that they are trying to cover something up – as they have a long history of doing. – Hideyuki Ban, co-director of CNIC

Although the contaminated water is deemed too dangerous to test for potency, the government of Japan and TEPCO both regard it as not too dangerous to dump into the Pacific Ocean as they likely plan to do as soon as their storage tanks reach maximum capacity in the summer of 2020.

The amount of contaminated water at Fukushima is astounding. On top of an undisclosed amount, which we still don’t know the potency of, ground water continues to seep into the basement levels of the facility with an additional 120 tons accumulating every day, according to the London Telegraph.

The decision not to allow third-party testing of the contaminated water at Fukushima is not only causing the public to lose faith in the government’s ability to safely manage emergencies, but whether Japanese citizens can trust them to tell the truth about the dangers they face as a country.

Tepco has lost trust across society in Japan as well as in the international community, including in South Korea, and providing samples for analysis would be in their best interests – unless they are covering something up…so providing samples that could verify their reports on content would go some way to demonstrating their commitment to transparency. – Shaun Burnie, Senior Nuclear Specialist for Greenpeace

In 2016, the Japan government estimated the cost of the Fukushima disaster to be about 21.5 trillion yen ($188 billion), nearly doubled compared to their previous projection of 11 trillion yen in 2013.

In 2012, exactly one year after the disaster, 79.6% of polled Japanese citizens favored phasing out nuclear power altogether. This led to the then-prime minister Yoshihiko Noda announcing a plan to phase out Japanese nuclear power completely by 2040. However, current prime minister Shinzo Abe walked back that statement in 2016, announcing that Japan “cannot do without” nuclear power as anywhere from 3.1-4.7% of Japan’s electricity is supplied by nuclear. By 2030, the government that number to be between 20-22%.

Since Abe’s government took power in late 2012, they have given the green light to several nuclear power plants, including the Onagawa reactor which was also damaged by the earthquake on March 11, 2011.

They claim that the disposal of Fukushima’s radioactive water will have only a “small” impact on humans, but how do we know that’s true without independent testing? How do we know what impact the radiation will have on marine life, fish, and in turn, humans who eat fish caught near the dumping site?

The Japanese government and nuclear companies want you to believe that what they’re doing is completely safe, “but that has to be full of caveats because the way that information has been presented is confusing and not transparent so ordinary people do not understand and cannot make informed decisions,” says Azby Brown, lead researcher for Safecast Japan, a Tokyo-based group which monitors radiation. (Click to Source)


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New highly radioactive water leak detected at Fukushima nuclear power plant

(NaturalNews) More blunders at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in Japan, now defunct, have led to yet another major environmental disaster, indicate new reports. Workers from the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which owns the shuttered utility, apparently forgot to turn off an overflow valve at an onsite storage tank recently, causing the release of 100 metric tons of highly radioactive water into the ground.

According to Reuters, this latest leak is the worst to occur at the plant since an earlier one back in August which sent some 300 metric tons of contaminated water into the environment unmitigatedly. This earlier event ranked at level three on the seven-point International Nuclear Event Scale (INES), which is considered to be a “serious incident.”

In this latest occurrence, a Fukushima storage tank designed to allow for the tapered release of contaminated water into a nearby holding area was improperly monitored, resulting in a continuous release of radioactive waste. And had a worker not just so happened to be walking by and seen water dripping from one of the tank’s drains, this major failure could have persisted for far longer.

“We are taking various measures, but we apologize for worrying the public with such a leak,” insisted TEPCO spokesman Masayuki Ono, as quoted by Reuters. “Water is unlikely to have reached the ocean as there is no drainage in that tank area.”

But the integrity of Ono’s statements on behalf of his company are questionable, especially considering that TEPCO has been caught in multiple lies about the severity of the situation at the stricken facility. It was recently discovered, for instance, that TEPCO intentionally withheld data about high levels of strontium-90 detected in an onsite water well.

TEPCO has also repeatedly understated the extent of damage sustained at Fukushima’s reactors, three of which experienced complete meltdowns in the days and weeks following the disaster. From the scandal involving TEPCO’s alleged alteration of photos to hide cracks at the plant’s Unit 4 reactor to the company’s repeated denials that anyone would become sick from radiation leaks, TEPCO has proven that the last thing it is concerned about is telling the truth.

WHO aids TEPCO in spreading propaganda about how Fukushima is perfectly safe

The World Health Organization (WHO) has also been complicit in the coverup, with the publishing of a report downplaying the severity of the disaster. Just days before the two-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami, WHO told the media that it was likely nobody would become ill fromFukushima radiation, a blatant lie that was picked up and repeated ad nauseum by the mainstream media.

“The extent and quantity of radiation released from the accident has intentionally been suppressed,” explains Nuclear-News.com. “[A]nd unless the public can gain access to the highest echelons of governmental secrets, we will never know the full truth of how much radiation was released, where it was deposited and whose health was or will be affected.”

WHO has been so bold in asserting that Fukushima is no big deal that the international body actually accused those with reported radiation sickness of having a psychological illness rather than a physical one. If everyone just smiled more often, claims the organization, then the negative health impacts of radiation will diminish.

“These depraved assertions are indicative of the specious and insidious lengths WHO and their media lackeys are prepared to go in order to obfuscate and cover-up what is one of the most severe threats to human health in modern history.”

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http://www.reuters.com

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Number of U.S. sailors damaged by Fukushima radiation continues to rise

(NaturalNews) Sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, one of the nation’s most modern aircraft carriers, were the first to respond to the stricken nuclear power station at Fukushima, Japan, in March 2011, following a devastating earthquake and tsunami which struck the site and heavily damaged three of the plant’s six nuclear reactors.

Now, months and years later, an increasing number of them are becoming sick and disabled with conditions that they are blaming on above-average exposures to radiation leaking from the reactors hit hardest by the massive wave. As reported by theInternational Business Times (IBT):

An alarming number of US Navy sailors have now started coming out to publicly air their grievances against what happened to their health as they conducted their jobs while in Japan waters three years ago.

Close to 100 U.S. sailors with ailments such as thyroid cancer, brain tumors and leukemia have filed a lawsuit against the Tokyo Electric Power Company. But its progress has been stalled because many more sailors want to join into the lawsuit, according to Bay area lawyer Charles Bonner.

The number of affected sailors continues to grow. According to a report by EcoWatch, an organization that has been monitoring the after-effects of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, Arnie Gunderson, a nuclear expert with Fairewinds Energy Education, says, “The health effects of the Reagan crew are real. There’s no denying that these brave men and women were exposed to high levels of radiation.”

He went on to say this about radiation sickness: “At high levels you wind up with hair loss, vomiting, diarrhea – all of those experiences were experienced by the sailors on the USS Reagan.”

Did TEPCO withhold information about the release of radioactivity?

Bonner says that, because of the continuous influx of sailors who are experiencing symptoms indicative of radiation poisoning, it has become necessary to delay filing the suit until early next month. He says sailors from other U.S. warships are also joining.

According to the suit – which Gunderson says sailors may not have standing to file, simply because they were performing a military duty on behalf of the U.S. – TEPCO, the crippled plant’s operator, is alleged to have purposely withheld information regarding the release of a radioactive plume. It says that U.S. sailors could have had a chance to avoid it and that their ships could have escaped the deadly cloud had the Japanese power company warned higher authorities.

One female sailor, Lindsay Cooper, is claiming that she now has a damaged thyroid, a disrupted menstrual cycle and highly fluctuating body weight, among other symptoms. “It’s ruined me,” she told IBT.

A naval officer from Maryland, Steve Simmons – once very active in sports and fitness – told the local CBS affiliate, WUSA, that he has lost use of both of his legs (he is now in a wheelchair). Also, he says he experiences fevers and has swelling in his lymph nodes because of his exposure.

“You’re starting to run fevers, your lymph nodes start swelling, you’re having night sweats, you’re getting spastic and you’re losing sensation in your legs, and you can’t feel your legs when you’re getting second-degree burns on them, and how do you explain those things?” said Simmons, adding that his symptoms began about eight months after returning to the U.S. from Japan.

Ship so radioactive it couldn’t dock in many ports

Sailors involved in the suit say they were drenched in radioactive fallout on the very first day atFukushima. They say they noticed a cloud of air with a metallic taste wash over the aircraft carrier.

More from IBT:

They thought it was a snow storm. Responding U.S. Navy sailors disregarded it and continued working and helping and rescuing. Some worked 18-hour shifts in the open air throughout a four-day mission, re-fueling and repairing helicopters, loading them with vital supplies and much more. Some even jumped into the ocean just offshore to pull victims to safety.

Worse, all drank and bathed in waters that although had been desalinated, were surely greatly contaminated by radioactive fallout and runoff.

They described the cloud as warm, which is odd, given that it also reminded them of “radioactive snow,” which is something they joked about. However, what is no joke is that, when the USS Ronald Reaganleft Fukushima, it was found to be so radioactive that Japanese, South Korean and Guamanian ports refused to allow it entry.

Sources:

http://enenews.com

http://www.wusa9.com

http://au.ibtimes.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

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