Monday, June 23, 2014

Fukushima Updates June 23 - 25 , 2014 - Why does the Japanese Government continue to lie , misrepresent data , cover up the truth - all the while knowing its citizens are dying a slow death ? I can't tell you why .......



(UPDATED) #Fukushima I NPP: 4700 Bq/L of Tritium Detected from Groundwater Taken from 20-Meter Deep Near Reactor 1/2 Turbine Building

(Updated with information of the depth of the frozen soil wall holes, which is 30 meters)

The water was drawn from the lower permeable layer 20-meter deep, according to Kyodo News (6/24/2014) from an observation hole newly dug in preparation for monitoring the frozen soil impermeable wall that is to surround the reactor/turbine buildings of Reactors 1-4.

Cesium and all-beta (that includes strontium) are below detection levels, but tritium in 4-digit Bq per liter is apparently not what TEPCO has expected (or so they claim).

TEPCO's handout for the press on 6/24/2014 is about the observation hole No.H25J7 between the Reactor 3 turbine building and the Reactor 4 turbine building, whose water sample taken on June 10 was found with 140 Bq/L of tritium:

However, the handout also shows the test results for the sample water drawn from the observation holes for future monitoring of the frozen soil impermeable wall (whose construction has just started around the corner of the Reactor 1 building), Fz-4, Fz-5, and Fz-8.

The water sample drawn from the frozen soil wall observation hole Fz-5 between the Reactor 1 turbine building and the Reactor 2 turbine building on June 4 was found with 4,700 Bq/L of tritium (in red rectangle below):

TEPCO's simplified cross-section drawing:

English labels are by me, but I don't pretend that I understand what they mean by "groundwater pressure for the lower impermeable layer" (green line in the diagram).

Kyodo News says this will likely delay the construction of the frozen soil impermeable wall because an added work of preventing the spread of contamination is necessary when drilling holes for the frozen soil wall. The holes for the frozen soil wall are to be 30-meter deep.

The construction of frozen soil wall is already a challenge of dodging the underground structures (trenches, pipes, and other facilities) that TEPCO doesn't quite know about. No one apparently knows what's underneath the surface, after 40-plus years of plant operation and continuous construction and maintenance of the site. I suppose that problem would be the same whether it is Kajima's frozen soil wall or more traditional wall of sheet piles, as proposed by Kajima's competitors. (Not that it is any consolation.)

But this is hardly a piece of news, hardly anyone cares, as Japan's politicians, mainstream media and alternative media and social media are abuzz and obssessed with "sexist heckling" by a fifty-something LDP male politician in Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly against a 35-year-old assemblywoman whose former life was a pin-up girl for men's magazine and a minor TV "talento (talent, or personality)".

Energy News.....

TV: 8 times more babies than usual born without brain near U.S. nuclear site; Much higher rate than anywhere else in country — “It’s scary the cause is such a mystery” — CNN: Experts speak out over failure of officials to conduct proper investigation — “The lamest excuse I’ve ever heard” (VIDEO)

NHK: Fukushima responsible for “largest-ever” amount of radioactive pollution… “We did something terrible” — Scientist: Nuclear fuel “still melting down… there’s melting happening in the cores” (VIDEO)

Farmers: Fukushima radiation causing mystery disease — Many animals have developed spots all over their bodies — What if this starts to afffect people? It must be examined — Gov’t can’t identify problem (PHOTO)

Nuclear Consultant: Fukushima reactors released about 3 times more radioactivity than Chernobyl — Japan crisis is unprecedented in size, complexity, and consequences — Yet disaster is not over and can become much worse — Very far from being stabilized

“Hemisphere facing generations of radiologic contamination” from Fukushima — TV: It’s a major humanitarian crisis — NYT: “Nobody really knows” if 100s of tons of plutonium & uranium fuel resolidified — Experts: It’s certain reactor cores ‘moved around’; “Flowed to different part of buildings”? (VIDEO)

Fukushima Guide: “Lots of people suddenly started having nose bleeds, cats and dogs too, it lasted for some time” after 3/11 — Article: Many who volunteered in Fukushima have died, including 2 students from group of 15 helping to decontaminate

TV: Trouble reported with inner ‘ice wall’ at Fukushima; Highly radioactive water underground won’t freeze — Tepco: “We can’t make temperature low enough” after trying for months; Fluctuating water levels beneath Unit 2 blamed — Expert: Ground can liquify around reactors, form sinkholes (VIDEO)

Fukushima Diary......

Tepco finally admitted the “possibility” that contaminated water penetrated to the deep layer of the ground
Posted by Mochizuki on June 25th, 2014 · 3 Comments
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Tepco finally admitted the possibility that contaminated water penetrated to the deep layer of the ground. Tepco announced in the extraordinary press conference of 6/24/2014.

Fukushima Diary has been pointing out the possibility for months.

(cf, Tritium density in deep underground broke the highest record ever, 4,700,000 Bq/m3 [URL])

Tepco was stating that the contaminated water reached 15m underground, but it’s stopped by impermeable layer right underneath.

However 120,000 ~ 140,000 Bq/m3 of Tritium was measured 25m underground from the sample of 6/10/2014 as well.

Tepco is still “under investigation” for the cause, but they are stating the construction of frozen water wall might have spread the contaminated water accidentally.

If the contaminated water is penetrating to deep layer of the ground, there are few measures to stop it spreading. It can also travel underground of the ocean bed to come up to the sea offshore of Fukushima plant.

Tritium density reached the highest in one of the bypass wells again / Already double as one month ago

Following up this article.. Highest level of Tritium measured from a bypass well [URL]

From Tepco’s report on 6/25/2014, the Tritium density from the issued bypass well became the highest since they started measuring again.
The sample was taken on 6/23/2014. The reading was 2,100,000 Bq/m3. This is over the desired safety limit by 600,000 Bq/m3.
Tepco is still stating that the average Tritium density will be lower by mixing with lower contaminated water.

However based on the research of Fukushima Diary, the Tritium density is in the increasing trend since the end of May. Now it’s already 1.9 much of one month ago.

Related article.. Bypass water discharge to the Pacific turned out “meaningless” / Tepco to continue for a few more months [URL 2]

Bypass water discharge to the Pacific turned out “meaningless” / Tepco to continue for a few more months

Bypass water discharge has not decreased groundwater flowing to the plant buildings at least by now.

It has been a month since Tepco started pumping up contaminated groundwater to discharge to the Pacific. They have discharged 6,800 t of contaminated groundwater in total.
However, no decrease has been confirmed in the volume of groundwater flowing to the basement of the plant buildings.

Approx. 400 t of groundwater flows into the plant buildings every single day. Tepco was estimating the bypass project would decrease it by 50 ~ 100 t a day.
Tepco is stating they need a few more months to see the effectiveness.
Bypass water discharge, frozen water wall and ALPS are all Japanese government has as measures against the contaminated water issue.
However, ALPS has never been in full operation since last year due to the continuous problems in all of 3 systems. Preceding frozen water wall hit a snag. There is the possibility that all of the measures fall through.

Related article.. Highest level of Tritium measured from a bypass well [URL]

[Photo] Fukushima decontamination volunteer “Blood suddenly splashes out of skin quite often. This is the reality.”

A Fukushima decontamination volunteer commented on Twitter that the skin bleeds suddenly.
His pictures look like he had just dry skin, but Fukushima Diary judged he rationally can’t mistake it to just a normal dry skin.

“I’ve been involved in this Fukushima volunteer for 3 years.
Blood splashes out of the skin suddenly, and quite often. This is the reality.”

Fukushima Diary covered that he had cancer last year too.

From 2011 to early 2012, Fukushima Diary has been reporting about the citizens’ decontamination group “HCR”.
(Articles about HCR..
Tepco admitted the responsibility of 164 Bq/Kg of contaminated well water [URL]
Black substance emits 45.699μSv/h of alpha ray [URL]
Life in 20km [URL])
Buddhism Monk. Miura Bansho who led HCR commented on Twitter that he had a cancer in his throat.
I’ve been having a problem with my throat since 1 year ago. I figured out it was a cancer. Yesterday I had it removed in Shonankamakura General Hospital, tissues were sent to pathology.
一年ほど前から喉の調子の悪かった原因は癌だった。昨日、湘鎌病院で切除手術、組織は病理へ。 #低線量被ばく
— BANSHO (@HCR_OPCOM) April 27, 2013
(Former decontamination volunteer in Fukushima had a cancer in his throat [URL])
Fukushima Diary actually recognized “the black substance” thanks to his reports back in 2012.
Recently he talked to Fukushima Diary that he feels a significant change in his body and mentality.

Related article..
(The inspector of this article stated he had a beta burn by touching highly radioactive substance.)
Black substance in Hitachi city Ibaraki [URL2]