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TEPCO apologizes for still-radioactive water at Fukushima plant

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Think we all knew, TEPCO has lied and lied. If you can't burry it get out of the business. Thank goodness we have the LDP to ensure public safety....whoops thanks not panning out too well.

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Has anyone actually been held accountable yet? They were told time and time again about the threat of a huge tsunami.

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"We will filter the water in the tanks one more time to bring the levels to below regulatory limits before release into the ocean if a decision is made to do so," the TEPCO spokesman said.

Translation: We will do more of what doesn't work and then release it into the ocean, probably at night and in secret. Then we will continue doing nothing about the emergency beyond stuffing our pockets with taxpayers' cash.

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Still no one in jail!?

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anybody with half a brain knew that TEPCO had been lying through their butts about everything at this plant since the tsunami. It took the three weeks just for them to admit there was a meltdown. All this BS makes it impossible to believe anything these dodgy jokers say. There is only tritium that cannot be removed from water because it is irradiated hydrogen. This is safe(ish) to release into the ocean in small amounts because it will disperse very quickly. However, as it stands now, none of this water is safe to release into the ocean. As I keep saying, this is not workd’s second worse nuclear disaster. It is the world’s worst nuclear disaster due to how long it’s going to take to clean up. These thousands of tanks stored around the plant are not tsunami proof and they were only designed to last five years macimum, which did not take into account the corrosive effects of seawater, which shortens their use-by dramatically. As it is now, many of these tanks are getting on eight years old. If they think the meltdowns were a bad disaster, wait to see what happens if there is another tsunami and these tanks are ruptured. It will irradiate the whole easy coast of Japan. Tell me again how nuclear power is cheap and safe.

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What is the point of apologising?

Instead of apologising, DO something, please.

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Who is the owner? Theres a single owner of a power plant??

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Sooner or later, in a land of earthquakes, floods, and typhoons, the water will be returned to the sea. Reports about the radioactivity have mostly stopped, and people have decided the problem has surely been taken care of. If a problem arises from the radiation, it will seem like a new problem, unconnected to the disaster of the past. Another problem solved by forgetfulness.

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Governments around the World stand by and watch as lie after lie is exposed. If TEPCO lies about this, what else is it hiding? And how much is the Japanese Government aware of and hiding out of fear of causing panic or losing the Olympics? I have no proof but suspect that things are likely worse than being reported. And meanwhile the Government is apparently sending radioactive waste around the Country for burn off or use as building materials. All said to be “safe”. It is high time that an independent international Body examine this whole mess. But there are too many vested interests who will not wish to rock the Olympic boat. So the cover ups continue.

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"We will filter the water in the tanks one more time to bring the levels to below regulatory limits before release into the ocean if a decision is made to do so,"

Oh, we believe you, TEPCO! I mean, according to the last seven years' reports it's already been removed, so we know that when you say it will be below acceptable level limits THIS time you couldn't possibly lie again. Then you'll be able to dump it in the ocean, where Trump only yesterday said Japan is one of the major contributors to its pollution. And then, when they find that they were not in fact below acceptable level limits in a few years we know you'll apologize and say, "The people in charge at that time could not have known, and have since left the company. From here on in we promise transparency and never to repeat the process."

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Abe first should be arrested for lying and possibly bribery to the Olympic committee, which was being investigated by France but has disappeared, next Kan, for mishandling and exposing citizens all the way to Shinoka with Thyroid cancer plus others, and TEPCO bosses...

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The radioactivity is really not that dangerous. We are exposed to radiation daily, from our microwave ovens to our televisions. Just relax, people. geez

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Whew, I’m relieved. For a while there, I was afraid TEPCO wasn’t going to apologize! But it’s been confirmed that they sincerely apologized. All is well.

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TEPCO is trying to go cheap! They need to spend the money and by enough Cation and Anion resin ton's of it pass the water through it along with conventional particulate filters the resin and filters becomes highly concentrated with radio nuclides AKA Radioactive contaminants, the water becomes free of them. After this process is complete the water can be safely discharged or used for that matter. What you are left with are contaminated filter media and resin that will need to be stored/buried for generations very costly but it is a much smaller volume than millions of gallons of water and not as large a threat as releasing the water as is which would be unthinkable.

Bob

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doggar - The radioactivity is really not that dangerous. We are exposed to radiation daily, from our microwave ovens to our televisions. Just relax, people. geez

Are you serious? Microwave ovens do not emit harmful radiation. Your television emits minute amounts of gammer radiation only and you have to be sitting within two feet of it for ten years for it to have any effect on you. If you really want to know a dangerous source of household radiation, you should think about the smoke detector above your bed. It has a small amount of uranium in it that creates a radioactive field. That is how they work. The smoke changes the air density within the radioactive field and sets off the alarm. Then, you can consider the EMF given off by your cell phone straight into your brain while you’re talking on it. However, there is a huge difference between receiving minute amounts of radiation from household appliances to releasing millions of tons of irradiated water into the ocean that contains deadly isotopes, don’t you think? That is the question: Don’t you think?

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doggarOct. 13  11:21 pm JST

The radioactivity is really not that dangerous. We are exposed to radiation daily, from our microwave ovens to our televisions. Just relax, people. geez

Strontium 90 has a half life of 28 years or so, and maybe dogger sprinkles it on his breakfast cereal?

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No problem, TEPCO. Simply dump the rest of the water/waste into the ocean and be done with it. We've all moved on anyway with the 2020 Olympics on the way. Yippee!!!

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Lying, falsifying reports, do that for years, then apologize, then repeat

Wikipedia lists strontium-90 with a half life of 28.8 years, so they're screwed if they can't get it out of the water

"We will filter the water in the tanks one more time to bring the levels to below regulatory limits before release into the ocean if a decision is made to do so," the TEPCO spokesman said.

What a wimpy thing to say, just do it already

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Also the lying, falsifying reports on the population with regards to food labelling Fukushima products. No accountability nothing.

Will there be any lying. falsifying reports for the Olympics? It would be strange if there wasn't.

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Did I read that right?    20,000 times the legal limit for strontium-90... yikes.  But surely they would not contemplate release of water from those tanks.

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