Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Fukushima radioactive water leaking into the Pacific (again)

Stop the presses. Radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear disaster is once again leaking into the Pacific.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Tuesday reported that a power outage has shut down all eight water transfer pumps at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station and that radioactive water is again leaking into the Pacific Ocean.
The pumps are being used to pump tainted water from a drainage channel to another channel leading to a fence-enclosed artificial bay facing the station. The beleaguered utility said it was checking into what happened and how much water had leaked.
The pumping had begun last Friday, in response to a finding in late February that highly radioactive water in the channel was reaching the ocean. They were confirmed to be working Monday afternoon but found stopped at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday.
Let's get real. The radioactive water will end up in the Pacific sooner or later. I suppose it is better to try to control the release, but whether this is technologically feasible I don't know.

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