The dismal news keeps coming for the Fukushima nuclear power facility. According to NHK World, TEPCO is admitting to detecting radioactive cesium about one kilometer off shore. While the level is low, it is the secoond time radioactive substances have been found that far offshore and it is believed to be from wastewater leaking out with the groundwater. The company, reassuringly, says the leak poses no environmental risk… As if that was not enough, Bloomberg reports TEPCO also found high levels of radiation in the drainage ditches and wells at the site. Of course, this will likely be met with cries of delight by Abe who will “need to build a bigger wall” to contain the leaks and thus create a Keynesian utopia from the ‘broken nuclear plant fallacy’ that is ongoing.
Via NHK World,
Tokyo Electric Power Company says a very small amount of radioactive cesium has been detected about one kilometer off the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant it operates.
TEPCO has been analyzing seawater taken at 5 locations outside the plant’s harbor. This is to monitor the spread of radioactive substances in wastewater that’s believed to be seeping out with groundwater.
A sample taken last Friday about one kilometer offshore was found to contain 1.6 becquerels of cesium-137 per liter.
The level is far below the 90 becquerels-per-liter limit for releasing cesium-137 into the sea. But it is the second time the substance has been detected at this location since monitoring began in August. The previous finding was on October 8th.
TEPCO says it does not know why cesium has been found at that specific spot. But the company says it poses no environmental risk as the level is near the minimum detection threshold. It adds that hardly any cesium is being found elsewhere in the sea outside of the port.
Co. found 59,000 Bq/L of beta radiation levels from water taken yesterday at B-2 drainage ditch at Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant, higher than previous record of 34,000 Bq/L in Oct. 17 sample, according to an e-mailed statement from the utility.
Co. detects 350,000 Bq/L of tritium radiation at monitoring well “No. 1-12” near turbine buildings, according to a separate statement
First time to take sample from monitoring well “No. 1-12, Co. found record 790,000 Bq/L of tritium radiation near H4 storage tank area on Oct. 17
We just can’t wait to see the Olympic sailing events with boats whose hulls are lead-shielded…
- Radiation levels near Japan’s damaged Fukushima reactor hit two-year high (reuters.com)
- Radioactive cesium again detected off coast of Fukushima plant (english.kyodonews.jp)
- Fukushima overwhelmed with radioactive water – Asia-Pacific – Al Jazeera English (olduvaiblog.wordpress.com)
- Fukushima News 10/20/13:”The Ocean Is Broken” ; More Leaks & Super Typhoon Heads For Japan (familysurvivalprotocol.com)