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Water highly irradiated near leaky tank (Japan)
Japan Times ^ | 09/10/2013 | AFP

Posted on 09/10/2013 11:20:54 PM PDT by TexGrill

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said groundwater at an observation well near the site of a leaky storage tank at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has shown high levels of radiation.

Tests found 3,200 becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting materials, including strontium. As a result, it “now seems more likely” that radioactive water from leaking tanks at the crippled facility became mixed with groundwater in the area, Tepco said Monday.

The level of contamination far exceeds the government limit of just 10 becquerels of strontium per liter in drinking water and 100 becquerels per kilogram for food. If ingested, experts say, strontium accumulates in bones and can cause cancer.

Many of the tanks were used to cool molten fuel in the No. 1 plant’s three reactors that experienced core meltdowns from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Last week, the government unveiled a ¥47 billion plan to stem the leaks by creating a wall of ice under the plant. Tepco also plans to use wells to pump out groundwater before it seeps into the Pacific Ocean.

(Excerpt) Read more at japantimes.co.jp ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Health/Medicine; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: japaneconomy
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1 posted on 09/10/2013 11:20:55 PM PDT by TexGrill
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Tepco also plans to use wells to pump out groundwater before it seeps into the Pacific Ocean.

What are they going to do with the groundwater that they pump out? Will they pour it back into the leaky tanks? There is no easy way to clean that water... especially in quantities that they use.

2 posted on 09/11/2013 12:32:33 AM PDT by Greysard
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There’s an old saying: The solution to pollution is dilution. Unfortunately, the only resource with enough volume to make a dent in the level of radioactivity here is the ocean. Face it, that’s where this radioactivity will end up.


3 posted on 09/11/2013 1:10:45 AM PDT by 867V309 (Stupidity is ordained; Ignorance is a choice.)
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The problem is a lot is going into the aquafiers and Tokyo’s is not that far away.


4 posted on 09/11/2013 4:02:52 AM PDT by sunrise_sunset
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To: 867V309
"..There’s an old saying: The solution to pollution is dilution. Unfortunately, the only resource with enough volume to make a dent in the level of radioactivity here is the ocean. Face it, that’s where this radioactivity will end up.."

Que Godzilla & Mothra in 3, 2, 1... d;^)

5 posted on 09/11/2013 4:15:35 AM PDT by CopperTop
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