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  •  I've been wanting to diary this, but haven't had (3+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson, 714day, kurious

    the time to do it properly.  Thanks for bringing it up.   More from the article:

    The utility pumps out some 400 metric tons a day of groundwater flowing from the hills above the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the basements of the destroyed buildings, which mixes with highly irradiated water that is used to cool the reactors in a stable state below 100 degrees Celsius.
    How much precious fresh water has been directed toward cooling this damned bad reactor since the 2011?  When will it be possible to stop dumping fresh water on it?
    Tepco is trying to prevent groundwater from reaching the plant by building a "bypass" but recent spikes of radioactive elements in sea water has prompted the utility to reverse months of denials and finally admit that tainted water is reaching the sea.
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    In a bid to prevent more leaks into the bay of the Pacific Ocean, plant workers created the underground barrier by injecting chemicals to harden the ground along the shoreline of the No. 1 reactor building. But that barrier is only effective in solidifying the ground at least 1.8 meters below the surface.

    By breaching the barrier, the water can seep through the shallow areas of earth into the nearby sea. More seriously, it is rising toward the surface - a break of which would accelerate the outflow.

    I don't feel comfortable quoting more, but the article goes on to say the contaminated water could rise to the surface within 3 weeks.
    How does this mess ever get truly contained?  I'm having a hard time seeing an end to it.

    "On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps...of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again."

    by middleagedhousewife on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 10:34:44 PM PDT

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      this too.  I'm not an expert on the radioactivity issues to be able to do justice to the topic.  It's a rolling environmental disaster at least for the people of the area, and very possibly for the region.  It's hard to believe that the government there isn't doing more to deal with this ongoing disaster.

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