"Radioactivity in the sea around the plant are not falling as expected. The run-off from rivers, as well as continuing leaks from the plant may be to blame and contaminated sediment and marine organisms could also be involved."AND EVERY DAY THAT PLUME SPREADS AND POISONS THE PACIFIC.
The contamination is finding itself into the food chain.
Bottom-dwelling fish in the Fukushima area show radioactivity above the limit of 100 becquerels per kg set by the Japanese government.
Greenlings have been found with levels as high as 25,000 per kg.
More than thirty million tons of contaminated soil are stocked in open-air sites in plastic bags, unguarded, unmonitored, leaking...even in school yards.
A panel of experts that is advising Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has declared the effort to construct a frozen wall of earth around the four reactors to stop additional ground water leaking into the site to be a FAILURE, ANOTHER FAILURE.
IT WAS A COSTLY (34.5 billion yen (307 million euros), STUPID, TIME-WASTING MISTAKE, AS EXPERTS WARNED BEFORE CONSTRUCTION BEGAN.
THE ABE REGIME WANTS THE WORLD TO BELIEVE JAPAN IS DOING "SOMETHING" WHEN JAPAN IS DOING NOTHING TO STOP THE RADIATION FROM POISONING THE PACIFIC OCEAN, THE ATMOSPHERE AND THE PLANET.
ABE IS TILL PUTTING HOLDING THE 2020 OLYMPICS ABOVE THE WELFARE OF THE JAPANESE CITIZENS, AND THEY'RE ONTO HIM!
THE CITIZENS THERE ALSO KNOW THE FUTILITY OF THIS INSANE "ICE WALL".
"The plan to block ground water with a frozen wall of earth is failing," Yoshinori Kitsuaka, a professor of engineering at Tokyo Metropolitan University and a member of the panel, said in a report. "They need to come up with another solution."
IT WOULD TAKE REMOVING ALL THE FUEL RODS FROM THE REACTORS TO STOP THE NEED FOR HUNDREDS OF TONS OF COOLING WATER PER DAY FOR THE 3 REACTORS.
BUT THE RADIATION LEVELS ARE TOO HIGH FOR WORKERS TO DO THAT, AND AS LONG AS THE FUEL RODS ARE THERE, THE RADIATION WILL REMAIN TOO HIGH....VICIOUS, UNENDING CYCLE.
IT'S BEEN ALMOST 6 YEARS NOW, BUT TEPCO ADMITS IT IS NO CLOSER TO A SOLUTION:
"We anticipate that it will take 30 to 40 years to reach that point as we are trying to do all the clean-up work at the same time as developing the technology to remove the fuel debris," a Tepco official said, YESTERDAY.
YESTERDAY, BEFORE THE NEW TYPHOON HIT THE ISLAND NEAR FUKUSHIMA....
YESTERDAY, BEFORE YET OTHER EARTHQUAKES RATTLED THE CRUMBLING BUILDINGS AND STORAGE TANKS THERE....
YESTERDAY, AS THE EMPTY PROMISE OF THAT LUDICROUS "ICE WALL" STOPPING THE LEAKS INTO THE PACIFIC WAS SPOTLIGHTED....
Aileen Mioko-Smith, with Kyoto-based Green Action Japan, told Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's international broadcaster, "They are running out of space at the site to put these tanks, the water that is being generated on a daily basis means they have to keep constructing more, and the ones that are not welded have a history of leaking."
'Ticking time bomb'"The situation with contaminated water at the site is a ticking time bomb and they don't seem to know what they can do - other than to construct more tanks," she said.
Environmental groups are calling for TEPCO and Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), which oversees the industry here, to come up with a clear plan of action so that they do not simply run out of space and believe there is no option but to release contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean.
TEPCO ADMITS THAT THE LEAKS ARE ENORMOUS AND ONGOING:
TEPCO confirmed earlier this month that an estimated 10,000 tons of radioactive water had collected in underground trenches around the buildings that house reactors one, two, three and four.
That was in addition to about 60,000 tons of water that had flooded the basement of the reactor and turbine buildings, according to an official at TEPCO.
"It is accumulating because around 100 tons of water are injected every day in order to keep the reactors in units one, two and three cool," the official told DW.
"But we are also seeing about 150 tons of ground water seeping into those same areas each day."
AND IT IS ALL EXTREMELY HIGHLY RADIOACTIVE....SO MUCH SO THAT EVEN ROBOTS CAN'T SURVIVE BUT A SHORT TIME IN THAT AREA.
THE "MINISTRY" IS HAVING TO ADMIT THAT THE RADIATION HAS CAUSED EATHS AND CANCERS, BUT THEY TRY TO COERCE THE RESIDENTS INTO GOING BACK INTO KNOWN HIGH-RADIATION TOWNS?
On August 20, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare confirmed that it would provide compensation to a man who developed leukemia after taking part in emergency decontamination efforts at Fukushima immediately after the disaster struck.
The ministry recognized that the man, who is in his 50s but who has not been named, developed cancer due to exposure to radiation at the site, where he worked between April 2011 and January 2015.
The ministry is considering the cases of five additional workers who have applied for compensation to cover their health costs, while a former worker at the site was granted financial assistance in October of last year after contracting leukemia.
AND THEY HAVE DENIED COMPENSATION TO THOUSANDS, HAVE REFUSED TO HEAR CASES BROUGHT BY HUNDREDS.
Yet at the same time, the national government is effectively forcing people who were evacuated from their homes close to the plant to return, saying that radioactivity levels are within permissible limits and that housing subsidies and other payments that they have been receiving while unable to work will be terminated.
"Many of these people - especially those with children - do not want to go back to areas that they have been told are safe," said Mioko-Smith, adding that there was a lack of trust in the government's promises.
"They feel that everything is being driven by the upcoming Olympic Games and that the government has to live up to its promise to the world that everything will be back to normal by 2020 and the Tokyo Games," she said.
SOME NEWS MEDIA, EVEN IN JAPAN, ARE CALLING ABE AND TEPCO WHAT THEY ARE....LIARS...BUT HARDLY A ONE IN THE U.S. DARES TO.
"4 biggest lies about the Fukushima disaster"
MARCH 12, 2016
If hindsight is 20/20, we have a clear picture of the lies told throughout the Fukushima disaster.Five years on, we now know which assurances from authorities turned out to be dangerously false.
LIE #1: No radiation casualties
It took more than four years for the Japanese government to acknowledge that radiation had played a factor in bringing about casualties in the Fukushima prefecture.
The true effect on workers and residents in the area won’t be known for some time. It took between six and eight years for survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan by the United States to develop acute leukemia.
LIE #2: Not as bad as Chernobyl
Fukushima is described as the “worst since Chernobyl,” but in reality, it may turn out to be a lot worse.
Both disasters were rated seven on the International Nuclear Event Scale, categorizing them as a “Major Accident.”
Perhaps they need to turn the scale 'up to eleven' in order to reflect the severity of the Japanese disaster.
The final consequences may be far more damaging due to groundwater contamination and the number of reactors involved.
In 1986, Chernobyl had four operating reactors, one of which melted down. The remaining reactors were eventually shut down. Fukushima, on the other hand, had six operating reactors, of which three entered meltdown, and a fourth was left in an unstable condition. Only two were successfully shut down.
Fukushima’s location, situated along the sea and a former riverbed, also meant that the potential for harm in the event of a meltdown was greater than that for Chernobyl, which had no problems involving groundwater.
The cleanup operation could take up to a hundred years, according to a former nuclear industry executive.
[AND BY TEPCO'S OWN ADMISSION AS WE'VE SEEN IN PREVIOUS ARTICLES OUT OF JAPAN.]
LIE #3: Not poisoning childrenToshihide Tsuda, a professor of environmental epidemiology at Okayama University,
found that thyroid cancer rates in the prefecture were from 20 to 50 times higher than the national level, according to The Japan Times.
The findings were based on a screening of 370,000 residents, which “is unlikely to be explained by a screening surge,” according to Tsuda, who cited radiation exposure as a factor.
[READ MORE: Fukushima medical survey confirms 16 NEW child thyroid cancer cases]
A citizens’ group with parents of children whose thyroid cancers were detected because of Prefecture’s thyroid exams requests Fukushima Prefecture to expand the exams.
FROM THE BEGINNING, JAPANESE MOTHERS HAVE BEEN BEGGING FOR HELP AS THEY SAW THEIR CHILDREN WITH WHAT APPEARED TO BE RADIATION BURNS AND RADIATION SICKNESS, AS THEY'VE WATCHED THEM DEVELOP THYROID NODULES, SKIN ERUPTIONS, SEEN CHILDREN BORN WITH BIRTH DEFECTS, SEEN THEM STILLBORN.
LIE #4: It’s not poisoning the land, ocean, air.
Fish containing 258 times the level of radiation deemed safe for consumption have been found in Japanese markets.
[The SAME was found in rice, mushrooms, vegetables, milk.]
“Deformed” daisies, trees, vegetables, insects, reptiles, amphibians, farm animals, pets are found near the site.
Almost every river within 100 miles of the Dai'ichi plant is now known to be high in radiation, dangerously high, as are wells near there ( as the Tea Room previously showed via readings taken there not long ago).
Tokyo is still seeing areas with unsafe levels of radiation, but no one can explain why.
School yards, parking lots, country roads are lined and stacked with huge plastic bags containing waste material scraped up and cut down from highly radiated areas, and those stacks are leaking.
Forests, entire forests, that have NOT been "cleaned" are dying, and the hillsides allow water from those areas to run down onto farmlands below.
HOW CAN THE ABE REGIME CLEAN THE RAIN, THE TREES, THE AIR, THE SOIL?
IT CAN'T DO IT!
WHAT ABOUT REPORTS THAT MALE INFERTILITY IN JAPAN HAS RISEN SINCE THE "ACCIDENT"?
WE KNOW THAT IS ONE SIDE EFFECT OF RADIATION.
The ultimate long-term effect of this disaster is still immeasurable, with even the government estimating that the cleanup will take at least another 50 years.
Nancy Foust from the Fukushima Project has warned that it would be premature to allow people to return to their homes in the area.
“They have a lot of complicated, very risky work that they need to do over the next couple of decades to remove the melted fuel,” Foust told RT.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to restart as many reactors as possible, believing that nuclear energy should remain a key power source for Japan."
IF ABE REALLY BELIEVES THAT,LET HIM MOVE HIS QUARTERS, HIS HOME TO FUKUSHIMA.
LET HIM LIVE NEAR ANY NUCLEAR REACTOR TO SHOW US HOW "SAFE" IT IS.
LET HIM DRINK ONLY WATER FROM THOSE RADIATED RIVERS, EAT FOOD GROWN ONLY IN THE FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE, AND SEND HIS FAMILY'S CHILDREN TO SCHOOL IN ONE OF THOSE TOWNS THAT HE'S PUSHING RESIDENTS BACK INTO!
LET ABE PUT UP OR SHUT UP AND ADMIT WHAT A LIE THIS ALL HAS BEEN, IS NOW, WILL BE TOMORROW, BUT LET HIM DO SO BEFORE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE FLOCK TO JAPAN FOR THE 2020 OLYMPICS AND GO HOME TO GET CANCER A YEAR, 2 YEARS, 10 YEARS DOWN THE ROAD.
IF HE HAD ONE HONORABLE CELL IN HIS BODY, HE'D CALL OFF THE OLYMPICS AND EVACUATE JAPAN UNTIL THIS MESS IS CLEANED UP.
"A plan to force 6,000 residents back into the evacuated zone in 2017."
YES, YES HE DID, SAY MANY.
AS ONE RATHER CALLOUS INDIVIDUAL PUT IT IN A CERTAIN FORUM I VISITED, "THE ONLY REALISTIC SOLUTION IS TO EVACUATE JAPAN AND THEN APPLY THE HIROSHIMA SOLUTION. NUKE IT, LET IT COOL OFF, MOVE THE PEOPLE BACK."
THAT'S STUPID, TOO, BUT WITH TIME RUNNING OUT FOR EVERYONE, WITH THEW FULL KNOWLEDGE THAT WE'RE ALL GOING TO BE AFFECTED BY ANOTHER 40 TO 100 YEARS OF THIS CONSTANT RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATION, THAT EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING MUST SOMEHOW SUFFER THROUGH LIKE "GOOD LITTLE SOLDIERS", IT MAY TAKE SOMETHING "STUPID" TO FIX THE "STUPID" THAT TEPCO AND THE ABE REGIME HAVE HANDED US SO FAR.
WHEN, AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT, YET ANOTHER MEGA-QUAKE AND ANOTHER TSUNAMI OR A STRONG TYPHOON COULD DO WHAT WAS DONE 5 1/2 YEARS AGO, BLOW ALL THOSE REACTORS SKY-HIGH, WHAT, REALLY, ARE THE OPTIONS?
MAY IT ALL HOLD TOGETHER...AGAIN...
IT'S STILL CONTAMINATED!
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