Friday, August 9, 2013

Twice as much contaminated water entering ocean from Fukushima as officials claim? Japan Gov’t: 600 tons of groundwater enters ocean each day at plant — NYTimes: Tepco’s figures assume ALL water entering ocean from plant is contaminated

Published: August 8th, 2013 at 6:49 pm ET

NHK, Aug. 7, 2013 (Emphasis Added): The ministry says some 1,000 tons of groundwater flows from a mountainside into the plant premises every day [...] 300 tons is contaminated with radioactive substance­­s when it flows through an area near wells before leaking into the sea.  [...] 300 tons of untainted water flows into the sea [...] It [the ministry] says the figures are based on water table data offered by the utility [Tepco], not detailed analyses of various data.

New York Times, August 6, 2013 (Emphasis Added): Tepco now says the groundwater is emptying into the plant’s man-made harbor at a rate of 400 tons a day [...] While the company did not specifically say how much of the water was contaminated, it offered a calculation for the amount of tritium being released that assumed all of the water was contaminated.

Perhaps this discrepancy is why Tepco will not confirm the government’s claim that 300 tons of contaminated water per day is entering ocean?

NHK, Aug. 7, 2013: Transcript NORIYUKI IMAIZUMI, Tepco: We have not checked the figures given by the industry ministry. We are currently unable to say how much groundwater is getting into the ocean. Please give us time to check on this.

Reuters, Aug. 7, 2013: Fukushima plant operator: cannot confirm volume of contaminated water leaking into ocean [...] [Tepco] said on Wednesday that it cannot confirm the exact volume of contaminated groundwater that is leaking into the ocean. “We are not currently able to say clearly how much groundwater is actually flowing into the ocean,” said Tokyo Electric Power spokesman Noriyuki Imaizumi in response to a reporter’s question about the government estimate.

ABC Australia, Aug. 8, 2013: TEPCO is refusing to confirm anything, describing the Government’s figure as an allegation. NORIYUKI IMAIZUMI, Tepco Manager (voiceover translation): I don’t have enough information to explain to you the exact volume of the leaked water and so I cannot confirm the allegation of 300 tonnes of water leaking a day. 
Report: Tepco now dumping contaminated water from Fukushima plant into ocean — 200 tons of radioactive groundwater “pumped out” May 9, 2013
NYTimes: 400 tons of highly radioactive water going into Pacific each day from Fukushima plant, says Tepco — Top Nuclear Regulator: This is a crisis August 7, 2013
Gov’t admits water pouring in ocean at Fukushima is “highly” contaminated; Going on for last 2 years — NHK: Officials reveal it may have started “just after the nuclear accident” (VIDEO) August 8, 2013
Kyodo: ‘Radiation crisis’ at Fukushima plant — Toxic water entering sea for years — “Tainting ocean and marine life” August 4, 2013
Japan’s Top Nuclear Official: Tepco will never be able to store all the radioactive water at Fukushima plant — They’ll end up dumping it into ocean August 6, 2013