Radioactive Tritium At Record High Levels In Fukushima Ground- And Sea-Water

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With the Western (and Japanese) media focused almost entirely on the actions of their central-planners-in-chief and how effective they are, it seems human's omnipotence over complex systems is being greatly challenged by the ongoing Fukushima disaster.  The Japan Times reports that TEPCO said Sunday that 600,000 becquerels per liter of tritium has been detected in groundwater at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant - 18% higher than levels a week earlier. Furthermore, the utility also said it had measured a seawater tritium level of 2,300 becquerels per liter - the highest so far - near the water intakes of reactors 1 to 4. So it is that in a nation already suffering from a dreadfully declining demographic dilemma, the citizens are being exposed to highly cancerous substances still.

Via The Japan Times,

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday that 600,000 becquerels per liter of tritium has been detected in groundwater at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.


It’s the first time such a high level of tritium, an isotope of hydrogen, has been measured in the plant’s groundwater, Tepco said.


The water, sampled Friday, came from an observation well about 6 meters west of the plant’s port. The well is the closest to the sea of the five wells used for radiation monitoring.


On July 1, the tritium level in the same well was 510,000 becquerels per liter, Tepco said.


The utility also said it had measured, on Wednesday, a seawater tritium level of 2,300 becquerels per liter — the highest so far — near the water intakes of reactors 1 to 4.


Tritium concentrations in groundwater have become denser on the north side of the intakes, but Tepco also said it has yet to determine whether the tainted water has been leaking into the sea.


A Nuclear Regulation Authority official recently said contaminated groundwater from the plant, which is being fed cooling water from outside, may be seeping into the ocean and that the matter must be addressed carefully because data is limited.

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Mon, 07/08/2013 - 21:57 | 3732810 sbenard
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Oh my gosh! It must be time to buy stocks!

No matter what the news, buy stocks!

News is now irrelevant! Buy stocks! Build the bubble!

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 22:00 | 3732830 PiratePawpaw
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Buy with all three hands!!!

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 22:01 | 3732833 Aguadulce
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Bearish luminox watches...

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 22:48 | 3732996 LetThemEatRand
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I'm not going to panic until they bring out those two tiny Japanese girls that live in a box.  When you see them show up, start running.

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 23:01 | 3733041 BandGap
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Then Mothra will kick some ass.

Lamest monster eveh!

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 01:39 | 3733310 12ToothAssassin
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Tritium is bullish for night sights - shoot em in the dark and let god sort em out.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 03:27 | 3733390 ClassicalLib17
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I upticked you 12tooth because I too have tritium sights on my pistols and I typically use appendix carry condition 3.  That Israeli guy is really fast.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 06:42 | 3733481 Headbanger
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Got em too on my Sig but we won't need night sights soon cause everything will glow on its own with all this tritium spilling into the environment.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 08:18 | 3733558 fockewulf190
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With all the DNA being scrambled right now, I'm expecting a real Godzilla to be popping out of the ocean and paying Tokyo a visit.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 11:17 | 3734024 12ToothAssassin
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Why would you even bother to carry if its condition 3?

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 07:05 | 3733500 Croesus
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I guess you never saw this, then:


Tue, 07/09/2013 - 08:04 | 3733554 MSimon
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Radiation hormesis.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 09:08 | 3733676 GeezerGeek
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Does a supersized moth really beat a giant fanged turtle with a couple of booster rockets flanking his butt?


Wed, 07/10/2013 - 00:23 | 3736475 Abbie Normal
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Never could understand Mothra's tactics.  When he beats his wings and generates hurricane force winds, it doesn't seem to benefit Godzilla or the bad monsters.

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 23:05 | 3733057 DoChenRollingBearing
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@ PiratePawpaw

Truly excellent comment!  LOL...

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 22:06 | 3732851 ZerOhead
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The safe levels for tritium in drinking water has been established to be 20 bequerels per litre.

Perhaps the Japanese government could increase this to 2,000,000 in order to make the groundwater safe again...

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 22:25 | 3732919 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Tritium concentrations in groundwater have become denser on the north side of the intakes, but Tepco also said it has yet to determine whether the tainted water has been leaking into the sea.

OK, let's make this really easy. Yes, of course, it fucking has been leaking into the sea.

Dumb fuckers...

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 22:36 | 3732952 Tijuana Donkey Show
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"and that the matter must be addressed carefully because data is limited." WOW. I love the phrasing, I'm going to use that any time someone asks me a question where I know the answer is fucked. Think about using that -

"We don't know the level of spying, and that the matter must be addressed carefully because data is limited."

"The number of peopke killed by drone strikes needs to be addressed, and that the matter must be addressed carefully because data is limited."

"We don't know the exact level of money printing, and that the matter must be addressed carefully because data is limited."

Data bitches!

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 22:52 | 3733014 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Data, Ltd., bitchez!

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 07:11 | 3733497 malikai
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Some fun facts about tritium.

1. It is produced in large quantities in the ionosphere, but remains there for very long periods of time. Some comes down here and it is a trace element in air at sea level.

2. 12 Year half life.

3. Extremely mobile. Combined with oxygen, it forms tritiated water, which is chemically indistinguishable by the organism from normal or even heavy water.

4. Decay events emit beta radiation, which is very limited externally, but very damaging internally.

5. Due to #3, it does not concentrate in any particular tissues, but distributes evenly throughout the organism.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 09:42 | 3733756 aerojet
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Well, that isn't awful--in 24 years things should be looking a bit better.  Hey, no gamma, another important detail. 

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 09:47 | 3733757 Manthong
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at least the "data is limited" about the absorbtion in hominid organisms within a few hundred kms of fuku

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 08:30 | 3733590 Papasmurf
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Small data.

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 22:50 | 3733011 White.Star.Line
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With US Approval, maybe we can up it to 5,000.000.

After all, who "designed" this thing, perhaps GE?

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 01:20 | 3733286 Totentänzerlied
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Is a Ferrari a bad car because you drove it off a cliff?

Is a GE reactor plant a bad plant because you put it on the seacoast along an active fault line with an insufficient number of poorly placed pumps and backup generators, all run by a government controlled monopoly public utility company?

Putting a nuclear reactor in a major earthquake zone is no different than planting a bomb the detonator of which is triggered by a random-number generator. Pure incompetence or plain evil?

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 05:20 | 3733419 Parrotile
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 Well, it might be useful to remember just who was the prime architectural consultancy for the reactor complex - surprise - a US GE subsidiary, Ebasco - who should have been fully aware of all potential problems, as Responsible Entity, and considered reasonable scenarios in their design specification

Add in GE providing many of the reactors and maybe the finger of blame might not just be pointed at the Japanese. American "Expert Companies" were employed for their expertise - and so these "expert Companies" could "on the surface" share the blame for the failure.

HOWEVER, it seems that TEPCO did quite a lot to reduce the safety factor by lowering the site (ostensibly to reach firm bedrock, but a 25 metre reduction in height above sealevel is 25 metres less protection). Add in the Repair and Operation Report falsification scandal, and  then the 2008 IAEA report indicating thet TEPCO (and the Japanese Government) were using outdated and potentially unsafe "Safety Guidelines".

Add in other Expert research / guidelines that were simply ignored and the entire plant was "An Accident Waiting to Happen". Ignored published data include -

In 1990, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) ranked the failure of the emergency electricity generators and subsequent failure of the cooling systems of plants in seismically very active regions one of the most likely risks. The Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) cited this report in 2004. According to Jun Tateno, a former NISA scientist, TEPCO did not react to these warnings and did not respond with any measures.[34]

Filmmaker Adam Curtis mentioned the risks of the type of boiling water reactors cooling systems such as those in Fukushima I,[35] and claimed the risks were known since 1971[36] in a series of documentaries in the BBC in 1992 and advised that PWR type reactors should have been used.

Fukushima had been warned their seawall was insufficient to withstand a powerful tsunami, but the seawall was not heightened at Fukushima.





Tue, 07/09/2013 - 09:44 | 3733758 aerojet
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That's the problem with a fascist economic system--the government can blame the private company, which turns right around and blames the government.

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 23:07 | 3733068 DoChenRollingBearing
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@ ZerOhead

I thought the data point was for ocean water, which they don't drink.  Maybe eat the tuna...

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 23:34 | 3733147 Al Huxley
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You'll HAVE to eat the Tuna after they institute my recommendation (see below), just to get your RDA.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 04:04 | 3733409 Azannoth
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We have to eat the Tuna to know how much radiation is in them ~ (N.P.)

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 23:33 | 3733142 Al Huxley
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Or better yet, rather than establishing a MAXIMUM they could establish a MINIMUM RDA and then the water would not only be safe, but GOOD for you and they wouldn't ever have to revisit the topic.  Minimum RDA of radioactive tritium 2000 bequerels.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 04:05 | 3733411 Azannoth
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I heard tritium is good against tooth-decay

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 22:18 | 3732891 zorba THE GREEK
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This is affecting the entire planet. Why isn't the entire planet involved in this?

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 22:29 | 3732932 NoDebt
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UN, IMF and WTO to the rescue!

Is that REALLY what you want to hear?  Please think before answering.

There is really very little we as human beings can do about it at this point.  Control was lost and the genie got out of the bottle at Fukushima.  Not much current technology to put it back in right now.  Same with Chernobyl.


Tue, 07/09/2013 - 01:28 | 3733295 Totentänzerlied
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That's simply not true, the issue is money. Encase the entire structure in high-density concrete, coated with lead, surrounded by a giant sealed dome, and erect a seawall. This should have been initiated the very day of the disaster. If you can't afford to fix it, and breaking it harms other people, you can't afford to own it.

The stupidity here is in how businessmen and politicians choose to push well-engineered technology far beyond its specs.

It's a farce of how to run a nuclear energy program, truly a farce. And virtually no different anywhere else.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 07:12 | 3733506 onthesquare
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You are right.  And further to that by drilling numerous holes around the perimater on an inward angle so as to make a giant funnel then injecting a freezing system they can hold all water in, keep clean water out and cool the reactor at the same time.  This technique has been used to contain leaking landfill sites and hold the contents while it is cleaned up.  The construction and operational costs are high.  In this case there will be a high risk but the pay will be good.  I think those poor Indians who wreck old ships in their bare feet would be up to the job, with the proper training.

On the bright side I do not believe there are any higher isotops in hydrogen than tritium.  End of the road hydrogen

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 22:37 | 3732958 Tijuana Donkey Show
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Uh, they are all working hard to cover it all up as fast as possible. Stay calm and continue to eat gulf coast and pacific seafood. 


Mon, 07/08/2013 - 22:56 | 3733030 pigs-n-space
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No Shit................ everyone should be pissed beyond beleif. this is not just a f-n japanese problem but a global one. Some lame ass government (USA,RUSSIA,CHINA... etc  step up and help..... The japanese can not do this on their own. Who the FK needs obama care when everyone is low level radioactive poisioned. This gets worse by the week!

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 23:33 | 3733141 Fish Gone Bad
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This is affecting the entire planet. Why isn't the entire planet involved in this?

I am pretty Jesus isn't coming to the rescue either.   So let's just scratch the Church off the list of anyone having anything other than the power of guilt.  Global warming will be taken care of soon enough when all oxgen breathing life is gone.  If one waits long enough, no one will be alive to be afraid and that my friend is how a problem is solved.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 03:58 | 3733403 old naughty
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Not the sheeples, but they're.

DUMB, FEMA camps, Perma-Frost Seed Bank, remnants-tracking-datacenter, to say a few...

and then there are not-yet-occupied houses, for terminators.

And war plan(s) waiting to be excuted...and then,

it will be complete.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 01:09 | 3733273 Joe A
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The UN Scientific Committee on the Effects on Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) said there is nothing to see and nothing to worry about so the planet can continue sleeping. for your regular updates on Fukushima and other nucleair trouble

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 04:30 | 3733418 putaipan
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of all the moments to lose faith in humanity... i do believe this was the one that pushed me over the edge. where were the robots? the men in in radioactive proof space suits?

capitalism? bring on the entrepenurial preventative eco-extortionists, please.

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 22:22 | 3732905 shermacman
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Going long in lead and iodine.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 02:58 | 3733375 sgorem
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what a disgusting, deadly clusterfuck this has become for the Japanese people. not unlike Bophal, Buffalo Creek coal mine slurry damn breaking in WV., Three Mile Island, the Johnstown Floods in Pa., and on and on and on. someone needs to fucking die over this shit other than the VICTIMS.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 10:47 | 3733906 DosZap
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 the citizens are being exposed to highly cancerous substances still.



Should have read WORLDWIDE from contaminated seafood, and beaches.

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 21:57 | 3732816 NoWayJose
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How do I invest in 'Glow in the dark' sushi?

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 22:22 | 3732907 shermacman
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Sushi is good, when it is cooked.

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 21:57 | 3732818 CPL
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Mon, 07/08/2013 - 22:18 | 3732890 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Not just bullish, three-horned bullish!

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 21:58 | 3732820 Seize Mars
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Absolutely NOTHING has been done to clean up or mitigate this disaster. Nothing.

It's almost as if...the powers that be...really, really hate human beings...


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