Fukushima governor distrustful of TEPCO’s promises after recent leaks

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Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato is questioning the honesty of TEPCO President Naomi Hirose after the most recent leaks at Fukushima Daiichi.  Recently, Hirose had been speaking to the prefectural assembly, when he promised to give highest priority to containing wastewater at the crippled nuclear power plant.  This week, the utility’s continued sloppy handling of the nuclear crisis allowed more radioactive water to escape into the Pacific Ocean.

“TEPCO has said it would place priority (on dealing with the contaminated water problem) and that it would inject corporate resources to deal with it, but I doubt their actions match what they have said,” Governor Yuhei Sato told Asahi Shimbun reporters.

Fukushima Daiichi Leaking Water Tanks - October 3 2013

Workers had connected five tanks together with pipes, some of which were already partially filled with water that had been used to cool the melted nuclear fuel in the crippled reactor buildings.  The tanks were installed along a slope, but only the one at the top was equipped with a water gauge.  Workers assumed that if they controlled the water levels in the top tank, that no water would spill from the lower tanks, so they continued pouring contaminated water into the tanks.  Over 430 liters of highly radioactive wastewater, containing more than 580,000 becquerels of beta-emitting radioactive materials leaked and drained into a rainwater diversion ditch which leads directly into the ocean.

After the announcement by TEPCO, Governor Yuhei Sato sent monitoring crews to the site today to measure radiation levels where the drainage ditch meets the ocean, the results of the prefecture’s analysis are expected next week.

Source: The Japan Times

Source: NHK

Source: Bloomberg

Source: The Asahi Shimbun

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  1. Why don’t the USA step in and help them with this tragedy, it’s going to effect us in the long run thru the ocean and the fish there harming. When I was working if you screwed up you were fired, why don’t they fire the people handling this, it been two years only getting worst by the day.

      1. Despite the longevity of the many differing isotopes spread as far and wide above and underground, I don’t believe for a nanosecond that nothing can be done by the US or any other organization.

        Firstly, this is in fact a humanitarian crisis. Humanitarian aid and relocation IS possible and should be expedited IMMEDIATELY. There are many sick and dying people that need to know that somebody still cares. Can we at least pretend to help? If that does not begin in earnest, then what the f__k is the point of even trying to clean up? To me, no effort would mean there is little “humanity” worthy of saving here in North America.

        Technology wise, it would seem that there are technologies that DO exist that can be utilized to start at least stemming the tide of new emissions that at least soil reclamation can begin. It will take time to “regrow” the reclaimed soil and sources of clean humus and water. It will be energy intensive, and perhaps an entire plant or two off-site may need CONSCRIPTION towards those efforts. Serendipity should not be ignored. Some of the greatest scientific achievements have occurred by surprise.

        Thirdly, justice must be seen to be done. Somebody has to go to jail for these crimes against Earth’s current and (hopefully) future residents.

        I Thank you Mr. Hixson for your informative and educational reports.

        Quote: “While there is life there is hope. I beg to assert…that as long as a man’s heart beats, as long as a man’s flesh quivers, I do not allow that a being gifted with thought and will can allow himself to despair.” – Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth

        1. I agree with Governor Sato.

          It would seem that Mr. Hirose speaks with a forked tongue, as he still attempts to split his company and divest himself of this global tragedy.

          Yet it seems that he is not very good at hiding the truth. It would seem that there are many far more accomplished and proficient in “newspeak” in industry here in North America as well as elsewhere. Their time will yet come, as sure as the rising sun.

  2. Maybe what the population of Japan needs to do is give the US the impression that they’re becoming a terrorist state. In that case, US and others will be there is a few blinks of an eye.

    All jokes aside, I agree with you TechDud. It’s a humanitarian crisis which might be at least mitigated to some greater degree than it has been with more global effort. But I might also hold that it’s a crisis in philosophy, in particular the perception of what might be called ‘global’ philosophy. The dichotomy that exists between the global perceptions of political, economic, and military groups and the global environmental groups in global impacts has to end. The position of environmental groups has been proven to one degree or another, with time on their side more or less with the proof, even if as time goes by that proof becomes more dreadful. With the others, proof of their good only comes from manipulation and oppression and is dubious on its face. Remaining as they are bodes well for no one.

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