Monday, September 2, 2013

Bloomberg: Tepco may resort to controlled discharges of contaminated water into the ocean

How else did they think they could handle the problem, by building storage tanks till the end of time? 400 tons of radioactive water collects at the site daily, and it has to go somewhere. To wit:

"Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s plan to manage radioactive water at its wrecked Fukushima plant may include a controlled discharge into the ocean once its toxicity is brought within legal limits, Japan’s nuclear regulator said.
Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said today the ocean dump could be necessary as the country’s government prepares to present its plan for handling tainted water at the site that’s increasing by 400 tons a day. Managing the water used to cool melted fuel at the Fukushima plant’s reactors has become a fundamental challenge for the utility known as Tepco, which has struggled to contain a series of leaks including the loss of about 300 tons of contaminated water it reported two weeks ago. “It is important for us to understand the need to make difficult judgments in order to avoid larger problems in the future,” Tanaka said of the possible ocean discharge during a speech to reporters in Tokyo. Contaminant levels must be brought below accepted limits through filtration or other treatments before the water is discharged, he said."

Tepco's violation of public trust continues to run amok, and i doubt any watchdog agency will be able to confirm the levels of radioactivity contained in such "controlled"dumps. One thing is for certain - siphoning off the most offending tanks with the highest radiation readings would be a literal pipe dream for Tepco, and I wouldn't be surprised if it goes down that way. There are few repercussions for those managing a nuclear crisis, especially when they are confronted with physical limitations.

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1 comment :

  1. TEPCO is only the operator- General Electric designed and built these plantsand 'sold' them to companies like TEPCO! GE sold approx. 80 of these plants to 'operators' all around the World! To me, GE is as culpable as TEPCO for this tragety.