Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Updates May 21 -22 , 2014 ......#Fukushima I NPP Groundwater Bypass: 560-Tonne Water from April Is Being Released into the Ocean Today (May 21, 2014) ............. 90 cases of malignant and possible malignant thyroid tumor among Fukushima children / Increased from 75 ....... Fukushima Seawater Radiation Rises To New All Time High .......... Caught On Camera: Fire At Fukushima ? All Three Lines of ALPS Have Stopped at #Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant

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TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014

#Fukushima I NPP Groundwater Bypass: 560-Tonne Water from April Is Being Released into the Ocean Today (May 21, 2014)

(UPDATE) TEPCO Nuclear's tweet from 30 minutes ago says they finished the release at 12:42PM. 561 tonnes in total.


Having secured the consent from the Fukushima fishermen with the help from the national government (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, which is still in charge of oversight), TEPCO has started releasing the groundwater drawn from the wells before the water reaches the reactor buildings and gets contaminated heavily.

According to TEPCO's alert for the press (5/21/2014)
Release of the groundwater started at 10:25AM on May 21, 2014. The groundwater had been drawn from the groundwater bypass wells and stored in the temporary storage tank.

About 560 tonnes of water will be released today.
The area patrol was done at 10:30AM, and we confirmed there was no leak or other abnormalities [along the pipes].




NHK says the release is from the South Drainage Outlet, which is located south of the plant harbor. That means the water is directly going into the ocean.

As to the contamination levels of the water (which was drawn in April), TEPCO released the nuclide analysis done by both TEPCO and a third-party laboratory (Japan Chemical Analysis Center), as per agreement with the fishermen in Fukushima.

The result of nuclide analysis of the groundwater, from TEPCO (5/14/2014; English labels are by me):

(click to enlarge)

Tritium, measured by Japan Chemical Analysis Center, is 230 Bq/L. The rest of radionuclides, including alpha nuclides, are in negligible amounts or ND.

From my post on 8/21/2013, locations of the wells to draw groundwater (map from TEPCO, annotation by Kontan_Bigcat):

The wells in dark blue circles, pipes to transport the water to the ocean in yellow.

The red circle above marks the H4 tank area where highly contaminated (beta nuclides) wastewater (after reverse osmosis treatment) was found leaked in August 2013.

You can also see the South Drainage Outlet in the upper right corner. 

Energy News......

Gov’t Report: Elevated radiation on California coast to last “several decades” — Local marine life “will accumulate” Fukushima radioactive material — Plutonium a potential concern — “On-going monitoring clearly warranted” yet ‘surprisingly little’ underway (VIDEO)

Risk of “disturbing crust” around Fukushima reactors from plan to reduce amount of groundwater — Nuclear Officials: Land could start ‘sinking’ — WSJ: Changing water flow may cause highly contaminated leak

Hundreds of tons of radioactive water now being intentionally dumped into Pacific at Fukushima plant — Tepco: “We’d like to express our sincere appreciation” — Nuclear water stored since last year to be dumped next week — Official: Tepco “utterly inept” at taking accurate radiation readings (VIDEO)

Fukushima Diary....

90 cases of malignant and possible malignant thyroid tumor among Fukushima children / Increased from 75

Following up this article.. Malignant and possible malignant thyroid tumor of Fukushima children increased from 58 to 75 cases [URL]

Malignant and possible malignant thyroid tumor cases increased from 75 to 90 at the end of this March. Fukushima prefectural government announced on 5/19/2014.
Among 90 cases, 50 cases were confirmed as thyroid cancer.

The youngest child was 6 years old, the oldest child was 18 years old when 311 took place.

However the committee of experts stated it is hard to assume there is a connection with Fukushima nuclear accident.

Energy News.......

Gov’t: Fukushima released up to 181 Quadrillion Bq of cesium, Chernobyl was 105 Quadrillion — Radioactive material to flow from Japan “for years to come” — Fukushima radionuclides have now spread “throughout N. Pacific”

50% jump in cancer in Fukushima children’s thyroids since last report 3 months ago — Now 90 cases suspected or confirmed — Gov’t Experts: “Difficult to determine” if cancers caused by nuclear disaster

Japan Paper: We face a problem so large at Fukushima… we’re unable to grasp what’s happening — “Battle against radioactive water in doubt… impossible to deal with” at this time — Journalist: “3 years after nuclear disaster, nothing solved”

Japan Times: “Radiation has spiked to all-time highs” in ocean off Fukushima plant — Jiji: “Record-high radiation levels have been observed” Tepco says — Officials: “Cause of seawater spike is unknown”

Zero Hedge ......

Fukushima Seawater Radiation Rises To New All Time High

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The mainstream media may have long forgotten about the Fukushima tragedy (as it certainly goes against the far more popular and palatable meme of a Japan "recovery" courtesy of Abenomics) but that does not mean it is fixed or even contained. Quite the contrary. As a rare update from Japan's Jiji news agency reminds us, on Friday radiation at five monitoring points in waters adjacent to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power station spiked to all-time highsaccording to the semi-nationalized TEPCO.
The measurements follow similar highs detected in groundwater at the plant.
Why the surge in radioactivity? Officials of Tepco, as the utility is known, said "the cause of the seawater spike is unknown." This is the same Tepco which for years lied that there is nothing to worry about in Fukushima, which arbitrarily hiked the maximum radiation exposure threshold as it saw fit, and which with the blessing of the government, has given the "all clear" to return to the crippled town.  So, for anyone who doesn't believe the official Tepco party line that the cause is unknown, you are not alone.
From Japan Times:
At one sampling point in the port, between the water intakes for the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors, 1,900 becquerels per liter of tritium was detected Monday, up from a previous high of 1,400 becquerels measured on April 14, Tepco said.

Nearby, also within the port, tritium levels were found to have spiked to 1,400 becquerels, from a previous high of 1,200 becquerels.

And at a point between the water intakes for the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors, seawater sampled Thursday was found to contain 840 becquerels of strontium-90, which causes bone cancer, and other beta ray-emitting isotopes, up from a previous record of 540 becquerels.

At two monitoring sites outside the port, seawater was found Monday to contain 8.7 becquerels and 4.3 becquerels of tritium. The second site was about 3 km away.
The story here is well known for those whose judgment hasn't been clouded by bias - Japan, which is suddenly starved for electricity and which has to import record amounts of LNG to substitute for nuclear power, in the process sending its balance of trade to record lows, as imports soar and exports do not, will use unprecedented amounts of electricity to keep the radioactive fallout contained behind a wall of ice. An oddly perverted circular reference if there ever was one.
Tepco is struggling to reduce contamination at the poorly protected plant, which was damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Measures include plans to build a gigantic underground ice wall around the plant to keep the daily flow of groundwater from entering the cracked reactor buildings and mingling with the highly radioactive cooling water in their basements.

The ice wall project is expected to cost ¥31.9 billion and will put a massive burden on the power grid when completed: It will need about 45.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity to operate, equal to annual power consumption of 13,000 average households.

The project involves freezing the soil into barricades 30 meters deep and 2 meters thick for a distance of 1,500 meters around the buildings housing reactors 1 through 4. The soil will be frozen by sinking pipes into the ground and running liquids through them at a temperature of minus 30 degrees.

On Friday, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and contractor Kajima Corp. demonstrated a miniature ice wall to reporters at the site.“

We can confirm the frozen soil’s effect in blocking water,” a ministry official said afterwards.

The department aims to begin construction next month. But the Nuclear Regulation Authority has not approved the plan, saying its backers have so far provided insufficient reassurances about public safety. International nuclear experts have also expressed concern about the effectiveness of the plan.
Considering the surge in radioactivity in the port water, we, on the other hand, can confirm the frozen soil is having no effect in blocking water. But considering the mainstream media is about 3 years behind the curve when it comes to Fukushima, one will first need to catch blinky somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean before the very serious people admit this most simple observation.

Caught On Camera: Fire At Fukushima?

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We are by no means experts at identifying instances of fire caught on camera under low illumination conditions, but the following compressed 3 minute video from the official Tepco YouTube feed (where 1 second of the clip represents 20 seconds in real time) showing the Fukushima nuclear power plant between 8:00pm and 9:00 pm last night, and particularly the segment 1:16 into the clip and continuing for about 30 seconds (or about 6 minutes in the real world), certainly looks disturbing.
That said, we are confident Tepco has a canned and ready for dissemination explanation which soothes away fears that in addition to free gamma rays, the Fukushima sarcophagus is now also in the flambe a la carte business.
We can't wait to hear it.
h/t pressure studios

MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014

Just In: All Three Lines of ALPS Have Stopped at #Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant

The entire ALPS multi-nuclide removal system is down again, as Line C has just been stopped as the water sample from Line C is found with high calcium content.

Line A was stopped three days ago, and Line B has been idle since March this year, when the water treated in Line B was found with high beta (in the order of 10 million Bq/L) and brand-new storage tanks got contaminated.

Stopping ALPS won't affect the cooling of reactors, as the treatment for the cooling water is done by SARRY (removal of radioactive cesium) and by the reverse osmosis apparatus (desalination).

From TEPCO's email alert for the press, 5/20/2014:

Line C of the multi-nuclide removal system ALPS has been in operation. However, we noted in today (May 20, 2014)'s scheduled sampling that the water [coming out of] Line C was clouded, and that it had high calcium content.


Therefore, we stopped Line C at 9:00AM today, and switched it to the circulation stand-by operation. [I don't know exactly what TEPCO means; I'm guessing they are circulating the water within Line C instead of sending treated water into a storage tank.]


As the result, all three lines of ALPS have stopped treatment operation.


We will investigate the cause.

The cause, if it is the same as Line A which stopped three days ago after the water sample was found with high calcium content, is likely to be the defective cross flow filter, like this one on Line B (from TEPCO's Roadmap update page 24, 4/24/2014) (English labels are by me):

Whether the defective gasket is due to material defect, design defect or irradiation is unknown at this point.