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Fukushima: Radioactive Water 6700 Times Above Legal Limit Leaks from Tank

The failed solution of using sandbags to patch up the leaking tank at the damaged Fukushima reactor facility posses a new threat.

by Joe Jankowski, Intellihub:

TEPCO’s plant operator announced Thursday, that a new 430 liter leak had sprung in one the aging Fukushima Nuclear Reactor facilities storage tanks.

The water was found to be at least  6700 times more radioactive than the legal limit. 

As of this time the Japanese Government and TEPCO have failed to resolve the leak. Reports claim that “sandbags” were put in place as a remedy, showing the gross negligence of the matter.

TEPCO also revealed that an identical tank has already leaked 400 tones of “highly radioactive” water, according to reports.[1]

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1 comment to Fukushima: Radioactive Water 6700 Times Above Legal Limit Leaks from Tank

  • Ed_B

    People need to use a BS filter when reading stories like this. Wow! 6700 times the legal limit! So? 6700 times zip is still zip. Most nuke facilities have nearly impossible standards to meet, often in the low parts per trillion range. So, when we have thousands of times that much in these samples, it IS something for concern but not for panic.

    The biggest problem at the Fukushima reactors seems to be that the people addressing this problem do not have the remediation skills necessary to successfully handle a disaster of this magnitude. They are operators, not remediators… and the skill sets could not be more different.

    Leaking tanks is a problem that both the chemical and nuclear industries confront frequently. The procedure for solving such issues are not rocket science. They need to apply temporary patches to limit the leaking while they pump the contaminated liquids out of the leaking tanks and into some new tanks that do not leak. These could be brought in via a heavy truck with a low-boy trailer.

    The reactors themselves are a more difficult problem, particularly if the nuclear fuel rods have melted down and are now a very radioactive puddle at the bottom of the reactor. This too must be removed and stored in a vault where its radiation and toxicity cannot harm anyone or the environment. Blending such materials with carbon and / or boron will help cool it down.

    Japan apparently cannot handle this on their own, seeing as to how it has been 2 years since the plant was hit and heavily damaged by a large earthquake and an even larger tsunami and is still leaking into the environment. Because of this, an international coalition of Pacific Ocean bordering countries should come to their aid with clean-up funds, skilled personnel, and the materials and equipment necessary to get this plant under control ASAP. Letting another 2-3 years pass without a major effort of this kind would be unconscionable.

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