TEPCO Admits Fukushima Radiation “Significantly” Undercounted

TEPCO Admits Fukushima Radiation “Significantly” Undercounted

From April to September of 2013, as Bloomberg reports, TEPCO admits that levels of radiation measured from water samples around the destroyed Fukushima nuclear reactor were “significantly undercounted.”  We assume it was mere coincidence that during this very time Shinzo Abe proclaimed the 2020 Olympics would be safe and used many of these readings as evidence. In addition to this debacle, The BBC reports, the likely scale of the radioactive plume of water from Fukushima due to hit the west coast of North America should be known in the next two months; and rather stunningly, The Japan Times reports a new study finds the lifetime risk of developing cancer has risen among 1-year-old girls in an area affected by the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant. But apart from that, everything’s great.

 

TEPCO admits radiation levels were “signicantly” undercounted… (Bloomberg)

 
 

Tokyo Electric Power Co. is re-analyzing 164 water samples collected last year at the wrecked Fukushima atomic plant because previous readings “significantly undercounted” radiation levels.

 

The utility known as Tepco said the levels were undercounted due to errors in its testing of beta radiation, which includes strontium-90, an isotope linked to bone cancer. None of the samples were taken from seawater, the company said today in an e-mailed statement.

 

These errors occurred during a time when the number of the samplings rapidly increased as the result of a series of events since last April, including groundwater reservoir leakage and a major leak from a storage tank,” according to the statement.

And this…

 
 

Earlier today, Tepco suspended the removal of spent nuclear fuel rods at Fukushima plant after a cooling system failed due to a damaged power cable, the company said in a separate e-mailed statement. Work resumed at the reactor No. 4 spent fuel pool after activation of a backup system.

And then there’s the plume coming California’s way… (BBC)

 
 

The likely scale of the radioactive plume of water from Fukushima due to hit the west coast of North America should be known in the next two months.

 

 

Only minute traces of pollution from the beleaguered Japanese power plant have so far been recorded in Canadian continental waters.

 

This will increase as contaminants disperse eastwards on Pacific currents.

One thought on “TEPCO Admits Fukushima Radiation “Significantly” Undercounted

  1. Reblogged this on Shit's Gotta Stop and commented:
    Fukushima is old news, right? Nope. It will continue to bleed for years to come, and could easily get a lot worse than previously claimed. This is just one summary of under-reporting of radiation levels.
    Reblogged, with thanks!, from Elementul Huliganic @ Karma’s Little Spanker.

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