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Radioactive substances found in groundwater
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2013 12:54 PM CDT
Workers in protective suits and masks wait to enter the emergency operation center at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station in Okuma, Japan.   (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, Pool, File)

(Newser) – The fallout from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant disaster continues. The latest: Tests found that groundwater there contained 30 times the legal level of the radioactive substance Strontium-90, and eight times the legal amount of the radioactive isotope tritium, reports the BBC. A TEPCO official says the working theory is that the contamination resulted from an April 2011 water leak from a damaged pit. But don't worry, he says, because the groundwater is contained by the plant's concrete foundations, and those aren't leaking.

"When we look at the impact that [it] is having on the ocean, the levels seem to be within past trends and so we don't believe it's having an effect," says the official. The water was found at a monitoring well just 89 feet from the sea, reports the Japan Times. The plant is now building a shoreline barrier using waterproof liquid glass to further contain the groundwater.

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Aug 22, 2013 9:22 PM CDT
"Scientists have found traces of radioactivity in fish off the California coast that migrated from the waters off of Japan, site of the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster of 2011, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The researchers say the evidence is unequivocal. The young tuna were found to be contaminated with two radioactive forms of the element cesium from Fukushima." "A news report says Japan's tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant was so unprepared for the disaster that workers had to bring protective gear and instruction manuals from elsewhere and borrow equipment from a contractor. The report, released by operator Tokyo Electric Co, is based on interviews of workers and plant data. It portrays chaos in a desperate and ultimately unsuccessful battle to protect the Fukushima plant from meltdown, and shows that workers struggled with unfamiliar equipment."
Jul 14, 2013 10:16 PM CDT
Mankind has been "given" these fantastically powerful materials. Yet, we use it simply to boil water to run turbines to generate electricity. Then leave poisonous waste along the way. Someday, hopefully soon, we will discover the proper way(s) to extract the energy from radioactive elements. This will be the next great threshold in our progress forward. Light speed travel? Teleportation? And so much more!
Jun 19, 2013 3:21 PM CDT
We humans are idiots, some of the most dangerous radioactive isotopes in spent fuel will remain horribly lethal for a million years and we will encase it in concrete and steel drums, stuff it in the ground and call it safe. Nothing can go wrong here, I have read that in 3000 years all of our current concrete structures will be little more than a mineral deposit. I feel sorry for the poor slob that has to deal with this monster in the future.