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Contaminated water in the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl is leaking from a storage tank at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

The storage tank breach of about 300 tons of water is separate from contaminated water leaks reported in recent weeks, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said on Tuesday.

The latest leak, which is continuing, is so contaminated that a person standing 50 centimeters (1.6 feet) away would, within an hour, receive a radiation dose five times the average annual global limit for nuclear workers.

After 10 hours, a worker in that proximity to the leak would develop radiation sickness with symptoms including nausea and a drop in white blood cells.

"That is a huge amount of radiation. The situation is getting worse," said Michiaki Furukawa, who is professor emeritus at Nagoya University and a nuclear chemist

That's the problem with so many of these things.  The problems fall out of the news, but the harm they do lingers on, poisoning the water.

A South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed on Tuesday media reports that Seoul had asked Japanese officials to publicly explain what they were doing to stop contaminated water reaching the Pacific Ocean and valuable fishing grounds.

"Tepco and the government must come up with ways to stop the leaks as well as to monitor and analyze how much and what sort of radiation is entering the ocean, as well as the affect it is having on fish and sea plants," Furukawa said.

I don't know what to suggest.  I miss having hope.

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  •  Even complete, functioning nukes are bad juju. (7+ / 0-)

    Broken ones are the world's worst nightmare.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 04:41:16 AM PDT

  •  Nothing to see here, move along. (3+ / 0-)
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    S F Hippie, Sandino, Joieau

    Sorry, just channeling the Official Response.

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 06:45:53 AM PDT

  •  My baseline of assuming TEPCO are lying scumbags (5+ / 0-)

    leads me to wonder if this is a leak or are they running out of storage space for the 300 tpd of water they're using on the ruins.

    •  Well, now that they've admitted (0+ / 0-)

      the groundwater table is rising, picking up crap from the corium being bathed in it, and flowing right on out of the cliff face into the ocean, it seems like a pretty good time to free up some storage space.

      What's in the tanks has supposedly been resin-filtered for cesium through AREVA's system, but nobody'd be surprised if they stopped doing that long ago. Given that the water's still extremely contaminated with everything else.

      Eventually it'll all be dumped to the ocean. It's inevitable. What most needs doing as the water rises is to 1) get the spent fuel out of the pools, and 2) build a bigger and much better seawall to catch the heavy shit before it gets into the offshore currents. The light stuff... well, we could probably learn to love Soylent Green instead of fresh seafood...

  •  Are there maps? (0+ / 0-)

    I live on the west coast (Oregon, to be precise), and we are getting debris from the tsunami on our shores.  This makes me wonder if/when the contaminated water will arrive.  Is there a way to plot out it's movement across the ocean?

  •  You are making it very hard (1+ / 0-)
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    chloris creator

    for me to maintain my pro-nuke position, which I staked out because of its carbon free operation.

    “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    by 6412093 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 09:47:00 AM PDT

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