For all the stick the Lay person Fukushima watch internet network – via blogs and forums – have taken from the nuclear establishment over the last 2 and bit years, it seems these Fukushima watchers are closer to the truth than nuclear experts give them credit for. As the following piece shows. This piece is no surprise to anyone who has read Ray (of Canada) and others who contribute to Fukushima Watchdogs on Facebook. It is bleedingly obvious the Fuushima NPP is an open sore, a vast unsealed source. Any nuker who defends or minimizes the situation is not worth their pay imo,
Fukushima radiation levels as high as 2011
Published time: July 27, 2013 22:19
Water samples taken at an underground passage below the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant contain alarming levels of radiation which are comparable to those taken immediately after the catastrophe.
According to a Saturday statement by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the tested water contains 2.35 becquerels of cesium per liter, and the radioactive water is now seeping into the sea. The findings were also evident from samples taken within a 50-meter radius around the plant.
TEPCO’s specialists have hit a wall trying to solve the problem of the leaking groundwater, which has persisted since 2011. However, unlike then, they cannot tell what the source of the newfound radioactivity is. The current explanation is that the radioactive water that had been left in the underground trench some two years ago is now mixing with the groundwater, which is in turn contaminating the sea.
The current investigation started back in May, when specialists registered a 17-fold hike in radiation levels compared to December 2012. More tests immediately followed.
In July, scientists found high tritium levels – 20 per cent higher than just two months before. At the beginning of the month, cesium levels also went up by an astonishing 22 per cent from the previous day. The legal limit of 90 becquerels per liter was exceeded by around 22,000 becquerels.
On July 10, scientists warned about possible sea contamination, although they had no evidence at the time.
On Monday, however, TEPCO discovered that radiation levels were rising and falling together with the tide. This has led them to their latest theory – that the leftover trench water from 2011 is indeed mixing with the underground water that flows straight into the Pacific.
The only theoretical solution at this point is to build a wall of liquid glass between the nuclear reactors and the sea, siphoning off contaminated water from the underground trench.
Steam has also been seen emerging from one of the damaged reactors on three occasions, sparking further fears about the state of the wrecked plant.
Meanwhile, TEPCO has had to sustain bad publicity after it was revealed that it delayed publishing the summer study which sparked these newfound fears – which were realized just days after TEPCO reassured the public that the water was safely enclosed. The government has labeled the company’s behavior as “deplorable.”
Fact is the NPP has been leaking its contents since March 2011.
“We are the goon squad and we are coming to town. Perfectly safe, Beep Beep.”
The sealed source seems to be the truth. But as the tension between the observed reality experienced by ordinary people and the statements of the paid advocates increases, something’s gotta give. And so some “experts” are beginning to break ranks with the Pary Line.
Nuclear experts slam Fukushima nuclear plant operators over toxic water admission http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-26/nuclear-experts-blast-fukushima-nuclear-plant-operators/4846974
Updated Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:48pm AEST
Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant Photo: The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant meltdowns forced about 160,000 people to flee their homes. (AFP: Tomohiro Ohsumi)
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Foreign nuclear experts have blasted the operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, with one saying its lack of transparency over toxic water leaks showed “you don’t know what you’re doing”.
Hmm. 2 years too late. “This is normal”, “Best in the world” “No major radionuclide release or build up” “completely unforeseeable”.
Oh bullshit. The only unsealed source in all this is the truth.