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Radioactive groundwater at Fukushima plant rises above barrier

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i would say tepco is not the best choice for decommissioning the plant.

well, they could solve this as in la hague, france is doing for nuclear waste. build a long pipe and just pump all radioactive stuff into the ocean.

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How is it that the general public doesn't care about these issues when problems like this are almost daily? Why are there so few people protesting nuclear power and TEPCO?

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well, they could solve this as in la hague, france is doing for nuclear waste. build a long pipe and just pump all radioactive stuff into the ocean.

Well, the TEPCO plan is about the same, but without the pipe.

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What's really worrying is that all these bandaid repairs or fixing is starting to compound their problems. That fact that they haven't asked for global input or assistance shows that they are hiding even deeper troubling facts. Just wait until across the pacific levels start climbing. Japan with literally be in the hot seat globally when that happens .

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How is it that the general public doesn't care about these issues when problems like this are almost daily? Why are there so few people protesting nuclear power and TEPCO?

If it doesnt affect them directly, they dont care about it (people of Japan.) It is the same for the topic of homeless people and suicides. They might care about it, but they will never do anything about it or even talk about it, its taboo here. That water running off into the sea will only affect the fishermen of Fukushima, so they would believe anyway, hence it wont affect them and therefore there is no need for them to protest.

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And then there are the mystery radioactive parts and pieces that are washing up from the sea around Fukushima. What't that about? None of this sounds good.

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201308030015

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"No one at TEPCO or the regulator NRA could be reached for comment"

Not surprise at all they don't even have an answer for themselves.

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Contaminated water has been flowing into the Japan Sea since the disaster so, isn't this, just official confirmation?

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It is about time to face up to the fact that almost all of the radiation from the three reactors that melted down and through will make its way out into the environment--into the air, the soil, the water and into the food chain. This is the world's worst industrial man-made disaster. Nobody has yet to be held responsible criminally and the same culture of denial and regulatory incompetence that created this is still in place. Governments around the world, who want to keep promoting their own nuclear industries, in part for military capability, have helped hush it all up and so we see no necessary international crisis management effort to try and mitigate the effects of Fukushima. It is an utter disgrace of leadership and civic responsibility and a terrible legacy to children and future generations. Where are the adults, where is humanity?

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The J-technology bragging about robots that tour the space and do calligraphy... can't even find buckets to contain water.

Well, the TEPCO plan is about the same, but without the pipe.

And without the plan. The guys never had any f. idea of what they would do of the plant in case of accident, and they have not progressed on that at all since that happened. That's not even as if they intended trying. They have not hired even one expert to come help them for a day. The TEPCO policy, written on a big motivational poster in the meeting room for CEO and directors has just been updated on 3.11 from "AFTER US THE FLOOD" to "LET'S SAVE OUR AS...".

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Dear Louis

Re. Contaminated water has been flowing into the Japan Sea since the disaster so, isn't this, just official confirmation?

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant is on the Pacific coast of Japan.

Dear CrazedinJapan

Re. That fact that they haven't asked for global input or assistance.

The French, Americans. Finnish, British and Germans are all involved to a certain extent in the control and cleanup efforts. There is money to be made and lessons to be learnt. More that a few PHd students are concentrating on this golden opportunity for research. Most of the brightest minds in the nuclear industry and nuclear research from around the world are focused on Fukushima. These are smart people dealing with an incredibly complex (and dangerous) problem.

But we shouldn't loose site of the fact that this is a first. The problems (and I do not use that word lightly) at Fukushima are far different ( and in many ways worse) than those encountered at Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and other more minor accidents around the world.

The S'''''t has hit the fan so to speak.

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lose sight

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loose site - lose sight, As you can see I am not one of those brightest minds

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The J-technology bragging about robots that tour the space and do calligraphy...

Can't even build a wall with the right height.

How is it that the general public doesn't care about these issues when problems like this are almost daily? Why are there so few people protesting nuclear power and TEPCO?

TEPCO set themselves above the law, the law is not applicable at the plan, simply put TEPCO does not endorse any liability because not forced to do it. The system is well locked down, foreigners living here cannot do anything because otherwise they will get repealed out of the country and locals have not associations or means to group themselves to do manifestations, the politic opposition does not exist and does not voice anything for obvious reason that they are similar at taking advantage on TEPCO, add the monopoly of TEPCO over the electricity distribution and you cannot even play the competition card. Perfect locked down situation.

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how about reusing the cooling fluid in a cycle? !!!

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TEPCO have been trying for months and months to recycle the cooling water which leaks into the basement and then the volume increases with the leaking ground water. The first two recycling plants couldn't deal with the quantity being produced and kept breaking down. It has abandoned those units and is now using a third one. A fourth unit will be ready by the autumn.

Somehow, I think TEPCO will continue to be defeated by the water problem.

Many strong quakes today, that water will be splashing about.

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They say that one of TEPCO's biggest problems is getting the nuclear power plant cleaned up. They say that one of the biggest challenges is containing the radioactive contaminated water. But if you think about it there's more to it. They must also stop lying to the public. This company was once respected but no longer is. So I see another hurdle for this company, that is regain public trust. but they will never do that if they continue to lie, keep secrets and not disclose the problems that they're having.

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I really cant understand why they need to store such large amounts of water, why cant the radioactive water just continue to be pumped around through the plant, cooled and recycled to keep the place cool.

Why can it not be reused ? Cold water cools doesnt it regardless of it being radioactive or not.

Guess you need to be a tepco scientist to work it out coz its got me stumped, would have thought it could be used like a large scale car radiator cooling system. ???

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Even though I keep making comments about TEPCO recycling the cooling water others don't seem to read them and then make comments that TEPCO should recycle the water

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"The latest revelation underscores the hurdles facing Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) 2-1/2 years after a massive earthquake and tsunami destroyed the Fukushima plant."

Ah, but there are robots being specialized to hand tea to Japanese people in space!

Seriously, when people stop crying that a sugar coated bail out is a 'hurdle' to TEPCO I'll be happy to talk about the topic. Sadly, that means it'll only be conversation when people admit they were had by TEPCO, which is never.

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Contrary to popular belief, not only TELCO appears hiding the damaging data about the radioactive water running to the sea from general public, but also involving next to none of foreign companies which have the nuclear know-how to develop solutions to stopping the leakage for past two and a half years.

In case, someone here would like to challenge me, you may refer Rueters's report at http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/31/us-japan-fukushima-nuclear-idUSBRE96T1BC20130731 .

Such questionable behaviors from TELCO, arguably in part of worrying about national pride, may end up costing Japanese tax payers billions to foot the bills to clean up when all is said and done, let along the detrimental effects already done to the fragile ecosystems in pacific ocean.

However, Amid of the controversy , there is a positive sign, last Friday TEPCO admitted that between 20 trillion and 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium had leaked into the ocean. Finally, it realizes maybe just maybe, honesty is the best policy. It a baby step, yet heading for the right direction.

After all, kicking the can down the road may, in fact, buy TELCO nothing but troublesome.

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When is TEPCO going to relize that they can not contain the radiation? When is TEPCO and the Government going to stop apologising and ACT like they care about destroying Japan and the world.

One would think that after first hand knowledge of what radiation can do to people that some ACTUAL concern for the safty and well being is more important than just saying sorry and changing the safty levels of radiation and get help from outside the country?

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Correction: The abbreviation "TELCO" in my previous comments should be "TEPCO" instead. sorry for that.

My iPad keeps doing auto filling for me. :)

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