05 April 2011

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I was going to spend a lot of time editing this mindfuck, but if I am ultimately going to do that, it'll just be later.
Radioactive water at 5 million times limit found at Japan plant
By Mayumi Negishi and Yoko Nishikawa – 7 mins ago

TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of Japan's crippled nuclear power plant said on Tuesday it had found water with 5 million times the legal limit of radioactivity as it struggles for a fourth week to contain the world's biggest nuclear disaster in quarter of a century.

Underlining the concern over spreading radiation, the government said it was considering imposing radioactivity restrictions on seafood for the first time in the crisis after contaminated fish were found in seas well south of the damaged nuclear reactors.

The plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) offered token "condolence" money to those affected in the Fukushima region where the plant is based, the local mayors who came to Tokyo to meet Prime Minister Naoto Kan made clear they expected far more help.

"We have borne the risks, co-existed and flourished with TEPCO for more than 40 years, and all these years, we have fully trusted the myth that nuclear plants are absolutely safe," said Katsuya Endo, the mayor of Tomioka town.

He was one of eight Fukushima prefecture mayors who went to Kan to demand compensation and support for employment, housing and education for the tens of thousands of people evacuated as a result of the radiation crisis.

In desperation, engineers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant have turned to what are little more than home remedies to stem the flow of contaminated water. On Tuesday, they used "liquid glass" in the hope of plugging cracks in a leaking concrete pit.

"We tried pouring sawdust, newspaper and concrete mixtures into the side of the pit (leading to tunnels outside reactor No.2), but the mixture does not seem to be entering the cracks," said Hidehiko Nishiyama, deputy director-general of Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA).

"We also still do not know how the highly contaminated water is seeping out of reactor No.2," said Nishiyama.

TEPCO said it suspected that a stone layer beneath the trench feeding into the pit at reactor No. 2 might be the source of the contaminated water, but added they were still investigating the exact causes and were prepared for the possibility that there were other sources of radioactive water.

Engineers also plan to build two giant polyester "silt curtains" in the sea to block the spread of more contamination from the plant.

Workers are still struggling to restart cooling pumps -- which recycle the water -- in four reactors damaged by last month's 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami.

Until those are fixed, they must pump in water from outside to prevent overheating and meltdowns. In the process, that creates more contaminated water that has to be pumped out and stored somewhere else or released into the sea.

There is a total of 60,000 tons of highly contaminated water in the plant after workers frantically poured in seawater when fuel rods experienced partial meltdown after the tsunami hit northeast Japan on March 11.

TEPCO on Monday had to start releasing 11,500 tons of low-level radioactive seawater after it ran out of storage capacity for more highly contaminated water. The release will continue until Friday.

FIVE MILLION TIMES LEGAL LIMIT

Radioactive iodine of up to 4,800 times the legal limit has been recorded in the sea near the plant. Cesium was found at levels above safety limits in tiny "kounago" fish in waters Ibaraki Prefecture, south of Fukushima, local media reported.

Iodine-131 in the water near the sluice gate of reactor No. 2 hit a high on April 2 of 7.5 million times the legal limit. The water, which was not released into the ocean, fell to 5 million times the legal limit on Monday.

TEPCO said it had started paying token "condolence money" to local governments to aid people evacuated from around its stricken plant or affected by the radiation crisis.

It faces a huge bill for the damage caused by its crippled reactors, but said it must first assess the extent of damage before paying actual compensation.

"We are still in discussion as to what extent we will pay on our own and to what extent we will have assistance from the government," TEPCO executive vice-president Takashi Fujimotohe told a news conference.

TEPCO offered just 20 million yen ($238,000) in condolence money each to towns near the reactors whose residents were forced to evacuate. A second TEPCO official said they offered that sum to 10 towns but one refused to take the money.

FISH PRICES TUMBLE

Fishermen from neighboring Ibaraki prefecture saw prices for flounder and sea bream tumble as buyers shunned their catch.

"Unless problems at the plant end soon, fishermen won't be able to go on living without compensation. We want compensation from TEPCO, the government and the prefecture," said Hikaru Sugiyama a fishing cooperative official in Ibaraki.

The company's shares plunged to a record low of 363 yen on Tuesday on uncertainty over the nuclear crisis, and are now over 80 percent of their value before the quake struck.

The quake and tsunami have left nearly 28,000 people dead or missing, thousands homeless and Japan's northeast coast a wreck.

The world's costliest natural disaster has caused power blackouts and cuts to supply chains, threatening Japan's economic growth and the operations of global firms from semiconductor makers to shipbuilders.

Fujimoto said TEPCO wants to avoid having to impose rolling power blackouts in summer, when demand surges due to heavy use of air-conditioning. Analysts say blackouts could cause the biggest economic damage to Japan.

($1 = 84.040 Japanese Yen)
I mean, if I begin doing that for you, it will take up my whole life, and it will take up my whole life doing NOTHING to spark the interest in awakening in you.

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17 comments:

  1. I bought it about two days after the quake and it comes from NORWAY. I am aware that it may carry on so long that we won't be able to find non-radioactive anything to combat the radioactivity.

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  2. Others are saying 7.5 million times the limit.
    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/04/05

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  3. ONE times the limit is too much.

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  4. So WHY bother turning our brains into sawdust with it?

    ONE reason. Keeping us helpless.

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  5. Irrespective of whether the intent was from first generation mindfuckers or their proxies down the line, and CERTAINLY irrespective of any political leaning, too.

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  6. Doesn't it just get more exciting by the very minute!

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  7. Oh yes, yes indeed...

    Headline pertains to the spike between 0900 and 1800 hours on 3/23.

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  8. Yeah. I've been seeing links to that Higgins guy all over the place and it's unerringly wildly sensationalistic stuff. I didn't try it on this one, but generally if you click his links for some proof of his claims, they all refer back to his own stuff. He's pretty popular with the space lizards theory adherents. I thought he had some good material on the Gulf Blowout, but I'm starting to smell a rat.

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  9. Higgins is kind of out to lunch...

    As you say, wildly sensational, but hard to find any backup elsewhere for his stuff.

    I started checking him during the spill and kind of developed an attitude of "Ya sure..." to his rants.

    Alex Jones tends along the same lines. His headline there is startling, but when you look at the charts only one 6 hour period reached the level he headlines. The remainder is far less, not good by any means, but not worthy of the headline.

    If you follow the link to U Berkley they are not concerned by the levels - but that may trend to the opposite side of the spectrum.

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  10. Going home now - later...

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  11. Drive safely and check yer email.

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  12. check yer email.

    Gee, I never though of that! LOL

    Going there now...

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