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TEPCO apologizes for radioactive water leak at Fukushima plant

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totally unexpected.

9 ( +17 / -8 )

The nuclear accident is only worthy of two bows?

-7 ( +17 / -24 )

The release of treated contaminated water will occur over decades. How long has it been since the decision to release into the oceans?

Accidents due to incompetence with TEPCO’s history is a given statistically.

-6 ( +10 / -16 )

The 5.5 tons of water, estimated to have contained 22 billion becquerels of radioactive substances, is believed to have partially seeped into the ground and TEPCO plans to remove the potentially affected soil.

Potentially affected soil hahahaha

-6 ( +15 / -21 )

Bowing doesn’t stop radioactive contamination…

-7 ( +16 / -23 )

It makes them look incompetent. It's not a good look, that's for sure, when you are releasing water into the sea. Even if that is safe, it gives the noisy neighbours an excuse to be indignant - one they will always take.

3 ( +10 / -7 )

Bowing doesn’t stop radioactive contamination…

exactly.

-9 ( +13 / -22 )

Surprisingly more fisherman and environmental lunatics have not chimed in on this breaking news. It's very disconcerting when the top people in suits, albeit it very poorly tailored suits, have to make public apologies. Besides the upstanding citizens of Fukushima, TEPCO shareholders should be up in arms about this news leak about the radioactive water leak. Do these people brush their mothers' teeth with this water? Shame on TEPCO.

6 ( +15 / -9 )

No one is being sacked ? No resignations?

Just two bows?

The land of bows and insincerities....smh.

-9 ( +17 / -26 )

It is what it is, s..t happens, anything that can go wrong, will, etc. Get used to it. This is what happens and why we should be leery of the LDP and nuke energy ties.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Not even worthy of the TEPCO ceo to show his face???

Bow and wave... Bow and wave.

What a sick joke!

-2 ( +12 / -14 )

Wonder how much the people who are actually doing the cleanup work are being paid.

Can't really blame those poor contractors, it's not like they have a lot of experience cleaning up nuclear disasters

they'll be good at it eventually

If they live long enough

-7 ( +8 / -15 )

The 5.5 tons of water, estimated to have contained 22 billion becquerels of radioactive substances, is believed to have partially seeped into the ground

Still trying to promote Fukushima agricultural products after this?

-6 ( +11 / -17 )

There are many good agricultural products from Fukushima which is a large prefecture and not all of it was contaminated.

13 ( +18 / -5 )

quercetumToday 07:43 am JST

contaminated water

By "contaminated," I assume you mean the water that has had 62 potentially harmful nuclides removed/reduced to safe levels, with the remaining tritium seven times lower than the World Health Organization’s guidelines for drinking water, which is being released in a transparent process that is independently verified by the IAEA?

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2359217-fukushima-the-inside-story-of-the-alps-treated-water/

The resulting liquid will have tritium levels of less than 1500 Becquerels per litre (2.5% of regulatory standards), some seven times lower than the World Health Organization’s guidelines for drinking water.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

sakurasukiToday 09:39 am JST

Still trying to promote Fukushima agricultural products after this?

Yes, why not? This leak occurred within the site, and there are no agricultural facilities on the site.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

Future generations will be clearing up TEPCO’s mess long after Taminami’s bow has faded into the mists of time…

-1 ( +11 / -12 )

The disaster will take many decades to clean up.

4 ( +10 / -6 )

@isabelle

Yes, why not? This leak occurred within the site, and there are no agricultural facilities on the site.

Just take look on Chernobyl

https://newsroom.iza.org/en/archive/research/how-the-chernobyl-cloud-affected-cognitive-abilities-in-germany/

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/03/radiation-high-over-europe-after-chernobyl-disaster-1986

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Unlike solid boxes, those tainted water just won't stop in certain area it flow and evaporates.

https://www.britannica.com/science/water-cycle

there are no agricultural facilities on the site.

Is that region the only region in Japan that can really produce food? Why still insist for people to buy and eat food from those region, while decontamination effort still work in progress. While many blunder here and there.

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This what happened in October.

https://apnews.com/article/japan-fukushima-nuclear-radiation-workers-1e95da48aacc04cc0526a4d964586fff

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This what happened in December.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2023/12/15/japan/fukushima-worker-radiation-detected/

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Current February incident won't be the last one, especially when we see previous incident.

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

The radiation from Chernobyl was larger and spread further than Fukushima. 80% of the leaked Fukushima radiation was blown out to sea. We got lucky.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Some other neighboring country does this and everyone is up in arms. Here, a few bows of insincerity will suffice. More bows to come. Move on.

0 ( +10 / -10 )

sakurasukiToday 10:24 am JST

Just take look on Chernobyl

...which is a completely different site with different issues.

Current February incident won't be the last one

No, it won't be the last. And I never said it would be. On another article I said that things like this will happen in unprecedented decommissioning work.

In an industrial environment (in every country) accidents do happen, despite numerous safety measures. This leak is very unfortunate, and definitely unwelcome, but it's not unexpected.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

Tepco's bows don't go far enough.

0 ( +8 / -8 )

This wasn't an accidental leak. Valves that should have been closed were left open causing the accidental discharge of contaminated water. It was a preventable mishap that occurred because workers didn't follow established procedures. The negligent workers, their supervisors, etc. should be held accountable.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Twas a minor oversight, only 10 of 16 valves were left open

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

Look at the perfect angle of those bows... Is there a hinged rod up there?

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

Tons of practice

-9 ( +6 / -15 )

tepco.stop polluting the common ocean. The whole world asks you not to drain the water. You hear us all!!!!!!

-5 ( +6 / -11 )

Alot of apologists for TEPCO around....

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

Oh they apologised, well that’s alright then. Let’s pretend it never happened.

-5 ( +6 / -11 )

Tepco, pls dont apologize, people are expecting you to seal the site and censor the news like exactly what the Chernobyl did. The more you aplogize, the more honest you are to expose the details to public, the more angrier the common people become. See what the Chernobyl did? people almost forget that elephant in the room already and thumbs up for it. Common people like to cover the rubbish under the carpet, they dont like to see the dirts. Thats why people cheers for Chernobyl and hate the Tepco

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Operator error. Review of procedures required. Further instructions.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Is it just me but any criticism of Japan /telco in this case seems to be getting thumbs down.?mmmmm.

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

Those Who Do Not Learn History Are Doomed To Repeat It.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

At some point when will the Japanese people realize that, bowing and saying, I’m sorry, doesn’t cut it anymore. Flooding the environment with nuclear material, endangering peoples lives, destroying fisheries, polluting the oceans, being handled by a group of children, you would think much more effort would be put in to protecting People and the environment at a nuclear waste facility bowing doesn’t cut it

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Loving it ,the story of japan mistakes and bows

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

Accidents happens! But usually most don't acknowledge their actions but TEPCO came forward acknowledged and apologized. It takes guts to do that.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Just a 45 degree bow - not very sincere - basically contempt for the public whom they have contaminated.

Expect 10% salary reduction for 3 months, and a cut in their next bonus.

What is needed is worker and manager education, adherence to SOPs, and proper accountability.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Cephus

Today 02:59 pm JST

Accidents happens! But usually most don't acknowledge their actions but TEPCO came forward acknowledged and apologized. It takes guts to do that.

Aren't they required by law to report what happened?

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

No update yet on the cause of the leak?

Of course shutting off the valves will stop flow of water but it's not suppose to leak even with valves open

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

How? How? How?

Can 5.5 tons of Radio Active Water containing 22 Bequerelles of Containment be Removed ?

How? How? How?

By an heartfelt apology!

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Oh, phew! They apologized! That patches up all the holes and reverses all leaks.

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

And the sudden spikes in cancer in staff will be completely unrelated, same as always.

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

Cut 'em some slack. They bowed. So, everything's hunky dory now.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

Chinese are and were right, japanese fish and agriculture are dangerous and should not be exported.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

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