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Fukushima leak is much worse than we were led to believe

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Posted in Science on 23rd Aug, 2013 05:31 AM by AlexMuller

Mycle Schneider is an independent consultant who has previously advised the French and German governments. He says water is leaking out all over the site and there are no accurate figures for radiation levels.

 

Meanwhile the chairman of Japan's nuclear authority said that he feared there would be further leaks. The ongoing problems at the Fukushima plant increased in recent days when the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) admitted that around 300 tonnes of highly radioactive water had leaked from a storage tank on the site.

 

The Japanese nuclear energy watchdog raised the incident level from one to three on the international scale that measures the severity of atomic accidents.

 

This was an acknowledgement that the power station was in its greatest crisis since the reactors melted down after the tsunami in 2011.

 

But some nuclear experts are concerned that the problem is a good deal worse than either Tepco or the Japanese government are willing to admit.

 

They are worried about the enormous quantities of water, used to cool the reactor cores, which are now being stored on site. Some 1,000 tanks have been built to hold the water. But these are believed to be at around 85% of their capacity and every day an extra 400 tonnes of water are being added.

 

"The quantities of water they are dealing with are absolutely gigantic," said Mycle Schneider, who has consulted widely for a variety of organisations and countries on nuclear issues.

 

"What is the worse is the water leakage everywhere else - not just from the tanks. It is leaking out from the basements, it is leaking out from the cracks all over the place. Nobody can measure that.



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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-08-23
+6
What we have here is a disaster beyond the proportions being admitted too the public. Some of this radioactive water leaches into the sea, despite the best efforts of Tepco to stem the flow. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-08-23
+6
How much of this radioactivity is diluted to a safe point by the volume of the ocean itself? How dangerous is this to the entire world? Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-08-23
+6
He says he is extremely worried about the lack of a sense of crisis in Japan and abroad. This view is shared by Mycle Schneider, who is calling for an international taskforce for Fukushima.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-08-23
+6
This is a horror story that affects the entire world and an international taskforce should be sent in to examine and contain this situation. Reply
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