Japanese Authorities Admit Fukushima Has Been Leaking Radiation Into Water For Two Years, And Cannot Be Stopped

fukushimaVia the New York Times, a reminder to always take officials with a grain of salt when they issue statements denying that the oceans and air are being poisoned:

The stricken nuclear power plant at Fukushima has probably been leaking contaminated water into the ocean for two years, ever since an earthquake and tsunami badly damaged the plant, Japan’s chief nuclear regulator said on Wednesday.

In unusually candid comments, Shunichi Tanaka, the head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, also said that neither his staff nor the plant’s operator knew exactly where the leaks were coming from, or how to stop them.

The operator, Tokyo Electric Power, has reported spikes in the amounts of radioactive cesium, tritium and strontium detected in groundwater at the plant, adding urgency to the task of sealing any leaks. Radioactive cesium and strontium, especially, are known to raise risks of cancer in humans.

Until recently, Tokyo Electric, known as Tepco, flatly denied that any of that water was leaking into the ocean, even though various independent studies of radiation levels in the nearby ocean have suggested otherwise.

“Considering the state of the plant, it’s difficult to find a solution today or tomorrow,” Mr. Tanaka said. “That’s the reality we face after an accident like this.”

  • Calypso_1

    Damn. Didn’t see that coming.

  • The Dude Abides

    I see a mass exodus of liberals from the west coast very soon…

    • Andrew

      And hoards of mutant Republicans marauding out of Orange County.

      • The Dude Abides

        Nah, repukes are to stupid to do that, they will think they’ve won the battle and claim victory to the land of commiefornia…

  • I_abide

    How many years till the radiation makes its way down to the Marianas trench and creates Godzilla?

    • InfvoCuernos

      go go Godzilla!

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Well, at least they said ‘sorry’.

    Hobbes always said that life was nasty, brutish and short. And now thanks to Tepco, since human tracheas will probably all open at the kneecap in the next generation or so, frothing a putrid green slime, likely it’ll be even shorter.

    So that has to count as something good, right?

  • AManCalledDa-da

    Actually, take everything the NYTimes prints with a grain of salt. There are reports that the recent cesium level increases have been faked to prevent re-opening of Japan’s nuclear power plants — causing them to stop importing $30+ billion less oil per month from Big Oil and their profiteers.

    • Marcus777

      whattt where did you get that information

  • Rhoid Rager

    They actually stopped for a group photo in the above pic?

    • Calypso_1

      May have needed a documented head count before going in.

      • Rhoid Rager

        Loitering is its own solution.

      • Ittabena

        A parting shot, so to speak…

    • InfvoCuernos

      They might have grouped them together for the decontamination scrubdown.

  • Marcus777

    This is really a bad news