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.”

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

  1. Calypso_1 | Jul 16, 2013 at 11:37 am |

    Damn. Didn’t see that coming.

  2. The Dude Abides | Jul 16, 2013 at 11:55 am |

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

    • And hoards of mutant Republicans marauding out of Orange County.

      • The Dude Abides | Jul 17, 2013 at 10:10 am |

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

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

  4. Liam_McGonagle | Jul 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm |

    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?

  5. AManCalledDa-da | Jul 16, 2013 at 4:34 pm |

    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.

  6. Rhoid Rager | Jul 16, 2013 at 5:43 pm |

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

  7. Marcus777 | Jul 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm |

    This is really a bad news

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