TEPCO says groundwater bypass operations not having effect at Fukushima Daiichi

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Workers monitor water discharge from groundwater bypass operations.
Workers monitor water discharge from groundwater bypass operations.

TEPCO officials have admitted that groundwater bypass operations are failing to reduce tons of water from entering the crippled reactor buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

According to TEPCO, at least 400 tons of groundwater flow into reactor buildings each day where it comes into contact with extremely contaminated materials.

The utility announced that its groundwater bypass operations would reduce the amount of groundwater by up to 100 tons per day and began pumping operations in May in hopes of extracting groundwater before it entered reactor buildings and redirecting it into the Pacific Ocean.

At a news conference on Monday, Teruaki Kobayashi, a TEPCO official told reporters that two months after beginning pumping operations the utility has yet to see any real effect from the operation on water levels in the reactor buildings.

TEPCO says they don’t know when, if ever, the pumping operations will have any tangible effect on groundwater levels.

In June, TEPCO was also forced to admit that it’s ‘ice wall’ operation, which was also intended to control groundwater flow, was also unsuccessful.  After two months of pumping calcium chloride into the ground near the Unit 2 reactor, officials announced that they weren’t able to get the water to freeze to form the ice wall.

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  1. The main problem is that TEPCO isn’t pumping out enough water to make a difference. A mere 100 tons does nothing but make room for the water flowing in behind it from up in the mountains. Gravity fills a void that paltry very easily. They need to be pumping out at least 1000 to 2000 tons per day if they are serious about making a difference in the groundwater flow into the facility. It’s a matter of TEPCO trying to solve the problem with the least expenditure possible and ending up throwing away money because their efforts are not up to scale for the job.

  2. Those that are negligent at TEPCO should be put into prison for crimes against humanity! The radiation is coming in due to TEPCO’s non stop dumping of radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean each and every day and this is without question the truth considering that so many fish eating sea animals are sick with lesions caused by radiation!
    Second, remember fish migrate from one coast to the other and ocean currents can and will bring radioactive fish to the west coast of the United States and Canada to end up on your dinner plates! If you are a fish and seafood eater it would be a very good idea to do a radiation detox with the natural mineral called Zeolite that has been proven to
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