Fukushima Leak Finally Declared Reality
TEPCO admits radioactive water likely seeped into the sea
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2013 10:44 AM CDT
In this March 11, 2011 image taken from a footage released on Saturday, April 9, 2011 by TEPCO, a tsunami, center right to a tower, hits the sea side of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.   (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co)

(Newser) – More than two years after disaster struck the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, TEPCO has confirmed what pretty much everybody thought: radioactive water that leaked from the wrecked reactors is believed to have seeped into the underground water system, TEPCO officials finally admitted today at a regular news conference. Japan's nuclear watchdog said two weeks ago a leak was highly suspected and ordered TEPCO to examine the problem. But with today's admission came a lot of tempering, per the TEPCO rep:

He said the company believes the radioactive elements detected in water samples are believed to largely come from initial leaks, and said the leak has stayed near the plant inside the bay, with very little spreading further into the Pacific Ocean. As the AP points out, the problem has long been suspected by nuclear officials and experts, and only adds to the grief TEPCO has gotten for delaying the revelation of issues related to the plant. On that note, the company today was admonished for not disclosing earlier that the number of plant workers with thyroid radiation exposures exceeding threshold levels for increased cancer risks wasn't 178 workers—it was 1,972.

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Jul 22, 2013 7:42 PM CDT
The damn japanese are all about lies and money. They don't care about the destruction of nature! Don't they care even about their OWN people? i guess NOT! Don't forget the Minamata disaster. The japanese government was well aware of methyl mercury poisoning and did nothing to prevent it from being pumped into the sea or warn its people of the danger for years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minamata_disease- "Minamata disease was first discovered in Minamata city in, Japan, in 1956. It was caused by the release of methylmercury in the industrial wastewater from the Chisso chemical factory, which continued from 1932 to 1968. This highly toxic chemical accumulated in fish in Minamata Bay and the Shiranui Sea, which when eaten by the locals resulted in mercury poisoning. While human deaths continued for over 30 years, the government did nothing to prevent the pollution. 2,265 victims."
Jul 22, 2013 7:12 PM CDT
and in related news, my Geiger counter AND my BS meter are continuing to ping off the charts!
Jul 22, 2013 6:31 PM CDT
Do you suppose it's possible that what we don't yet know is that there has been a real core meltdown and the radioactive pile has melted its way down and out of the containment and is now in direct communication with the ground water system? If that's the case, how long before someone tumbles to THAT fact?