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Members of the media, wearing protective suits and masks, stand in front of storage tanks for radioactive water at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima Prefecture, on Wednesday. TEPCO gave media a briefing on its clean-up efforts.

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let it be said, during the initial leaks there were many photo's and of those by media but yet none were dressed up in protective suits and these type of masks, but rather the normal paper masks. Also the rad level was raised by the DPJ so that many of those affected would not challenge nor pose any further claims to rad exposure. Shame on us for allowing this to happen in Japan.

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Progress reports from TEPCO have been suspiciously quiet over the past few months. How many thousand of these storage tanks do they'd have now? How are their plans going for disposing of it all? How's their progress with removing the fuel rods? Is no news good news? Or, is no news no news?

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the media... stand in front of storage tanks for radioactive water

Here's Tom with the weather...

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Members of Local Media i guess.

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where are the personal dosimeters??? there should be a badge on each lapel

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Look at all those cheap paper masks. Ridiculous.

Besides that, dump the water. It is harmless as it is so low in radiation it will be diluted.

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Since 2012 Nobuteru Ishihara was Minister of Nuclear Crisis which is now renamed as nuclear preparedness... He and JAEA should have done better with this incident... It is truly shameful to not have educated the public and in some cases themselves about the ramifications of allowing nuclear energy to flow unabated into the environment... It is truly ugly...

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I think that picture says all about TEPCO and why nuclear should be phased for renewal and new technology which does not pollute your ground for centuries.

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Entombment is the only "clean up effort" worth doing by TEPCO in a situation such as this....

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Why hasn't the plant been entombed already?

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This not a situation where entombing works.

Chernobyl's tomb is falling apart and needs to be redone.

Right no more worried about the increased radiation around a reactor in the New York area.

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Entombment has to be redone every 25 years or so due to sinking I read.

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Plastic cover and paper mask, will not protect the media from the warmth of radiation going through their body,,, just trying to cover the sun with your hands!

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Plastic cover and paper mask, will not protect the media from the warmth of radiation going through their body,,, just trying to cover the sun with your hands!

That type of protective clothing will only stop alpha and some beta particles from landing on the skin or being breathed-in. It's not designed to block radiation emissions.

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shonanbb: Besides that, dump the water. It is harmless as it is so low in radiation it will be diluted.

Apparently it's not even non-radioactive, they just got the more-toxic stuff like Strontium-90 filtered out of a lot of it. But it's a lot harder to get the tritium out, so they didn't.

http://nautil.us/blog/no-one-knows-what-to-do-with-fukushimas-endless-tanks-of-radioactive-water

Tritium is expensive, but maybe the levels in the tanks are too low to profit from. Or if they did try, dumping a lot on the market might make it cheap, and then unprofitable over the term of the attempt to profit from it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tritium

Commercial demand for tritium is 400 grams per year and the cost is approximately US $30,000 per gram.

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I'm old enough to remember when they used to coat the face and hands of clocks and watches with tritium so that it would glow in the dark all night.

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Fadamor: I'm old enough to remember when they used to coat the face and hands of clocks and watches with tritium so that it would glow in the dark all night.

If you watched the clock hands closely at night you could see the scintillation.

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I know turbot. Thanks for backing me up. So many people think the stored water is super contaminated. It is not and can be dumped. Removing the Tritium is tough.

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You're welcome. A few guys got irradiated a while back when the water spilled on them through a valve, or they stepped in a ditch under a leaking valve. But I don't remember the details, also the tanks are probably not homogenous in terms of contents. They could have gotten hit with water with the harder stuff, or with more tritium in it.

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So entomb the plant every 25 years or so. TEPCO has continued to tinker with the plant for almost 5 years now. Enough is enough

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