TEPCO Hid Record Fukushima Radiation Levels Before Olympics Bid

Tyler Durden's picture

Days before Tokyo won its bid to host the 2020 Olympics last September, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe stated that Fukushima contaminated water was "under control." Now, as Reuters reports,  the nation's nuclear watchdog has uncovered that, following  "uncertainty about the reliability and accuracy of the September strontium reading," which prompted a re-examination of samples, levels of Strontium-90 were five times the levels previously recorded. The Japanese NRA blasted TEPCO, “We did not hear about this figure when they detected it last September. We have been repeatedly pushing TEPCO to release strontium data since November. It should not take them this long to release this information." One can only wonder why - when the promise of $500 million of government support is on the line... and new cracks are appearing.


Via RT,

Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) is again in the midst of controversy for failing to timely report on record radiation levels at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. It is now blasted for holding back strontium measurements since September.


TEPCO on Wednesday revealed that it detected 5 million becquerels per liter of radioactive Strontium-90 in a groundwater sample taken some 25 meters from the ocean as early as last September, Reuters reports. The legal limit for releasing strontium into the ocean is just 30 becquerels per liter.


Although the reading was alarmingly five times the levels taken at the same spot two months prior to that, TEPCO decided not to immediately report it to the country’s nuclear watchdog. That is despite Strontium-90 being considered twice as harmful to people as Cesium-137, which was also released in large quantities during the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in March 2011 caused by powerful earthquake and tsunami.


According to a TEPCO spokesman cited by Reuters, the decision was due to “uncertainty about the reliability and accuracy of the September strontium reading,” which prompted the plant’s operator to reexamine the data.


However, Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) officials say no data came up until now despite repeated demands to TEPCO.


“We did not hear about this figure when they detected it last September. We have been repeatedly pushing TEPCO to release strontium data since November. It should not take them this long to release this information,” Shinji Kinjo, head of the NRA taskforce on contaminated water issues at Fukushima, told the agency.


Top NRA officials, including the watchdog’s chairman, have lashed out at TEPCO for “lacking a fundamental understanding of measuring and handling radiation” while responding to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.


This is not an appropriate way to deal with the desire of the public [for transparency] and in particular, the regulator, which is now very closely regulating issues related to public health, the environment and so on,” Martin Schulz, a senior research fellow at the Fujitsu Research Institute, has said.


On Thursday, fears of new leaks surfaced in Japanese media, as Asahi Shimbun reported two cracks in a concrete floor of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 facility near radioactive water storage tanks. Some contaminated water from the melting snow may have seeped into the ground through the cracks stretching for 12 and 8 meters, TEPCO said.


Earlier last year, TEPCO came under criticism for letting radioactive water leak from a tank at Fukushima and also concealing the fact for some time.

Days before Tokyo won its bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games last September, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed that contaminated water at Fukushima was “under control” and vowed to provide some $500 million to help contain it.


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freewolf7's picture

No consequence, no change.

EnglishMajor's picture

What we need to see is some Seppuku out of TEPCO.



Headbanger's picture

Oh Fukishima the stupid Olympics already!

it's just another bread & circuses scam on the sheeple.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

But, Japan is use hashi (chopstick), no?

tongue.stan's picture

Quick, somebody tell chris martenson about this new developemnt so he can apply his 'scientific' laser like focus on getting more newsletter subscriptions. 

fuu's picture

I wonder how this changes Chris Martenson's little puff piece the other day. He said the radiation levels were what he considers safe but the readings he based that on were faked or wrong. C'mon Chris how about a little follow-up.


Just try not to put the apology in the section we have to pay for.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

By 2020, all radioactive waste is float to USSA West Coast, no?

ManWithaPlan's picture

By 2020 the build up of contamination in the food chain of the Pacific Ocean will have reached a dangerous level. It will be in everything by then, yes including the west coast of the US.

PR Guy's picture


Shock horror! Vested interests do something naughty to protect themselves/keep making money.

Personally, the sun is over the yardarm here in Ireland and I'm going to have  a drink and watch cartoons (this one's a spoof of a TED Talk) for the rest of the day.



Headbanger's picture

That's a great idea!  Think I'll get a bottle of some good Irish whiskey at the packy and catch up with some drinking.


And what's considered a good Irish whiskey in Ireland ?

Headbanger's picture

Thanks to all!  I've have lots of Jameson and like it.  I've had Redbreast which is almost a scotch to me.

But I've yet to try Connemara.  

So it's off to the PO and the packy to do some further research.

Cookie's picture

rt.com is getting a big chunk of my attention these days

Urban Roman's picture

Seppuku is cowardly. I want to see them in the cancer ward.

Flying Wombat's picture

Deep within an amendment to the 2014 budget was something rather surprising.  The US Congress has now taken notice of the USS Ronald Reagan sailors impacted by Fukushima and no one has reported this yet, other than me.  I wrote this last night:


It was possible to deny radiation problems before.  But now that scores of sailors are dying and Congress actually, for once, is dong the right thing, the media will have a harder time playing the conspiracy card to downplay what happened, and the risk factors going forward. 

Zerohedge Tylers, feel free to reprint.  The USS Ronald Reagan sailors story was pushed into the mainstream over the last few months by alternative media.  It's a victory for Zerohedge, TND and all others that published stories about the topic.

Eric Dubin, Managing Editor, The News Doctors

Joebloinvestor's picture

Of course they LIED.

What more does anyone expect from TEPCO?

NoDebt's picture

That's what TEPCO stands for: The Endless Plutocrat Con Operation.

emsolý's picture

They were really torn between  "when it gets serious, you have to lie"  and "please do not worry"

Ignatius's picture

What's the fuss?  I've heard glowing reports out of Japan.

suteibu's picture

Right...TEPCO.  Of course, you understand that the Japanese government owns TEPCO, right? 

suteibu's picture

Shimatsu is worth reading on a lot of subjects.  He hides no contempt for the J-gov.  Note he is in Hong Kong these days.

NoDebt's picture

You mean they........ lied?  Oh, my God.  Who does things like that?

fonzannoon's picture

I should not make this public but I have decided to corner the pre 2010 california wine market. My goal is to buy up all wine made in california pre nuclear fallout. Once they cancel the olympics and can no longer hide the true radiation everyone will demand pre 2010 vintage and I will be ridiculously wealthy. I have already purchased $46 worth of wine which I have drank half of. It's going to be a long and rewarding process.

Grande Tetons's picture

The fonz is not your run of the mill mook. 

Agreed..one of his best posts. 

BandGap's picture

Well then, I have these up for bid -

3 bottles of Nichelini 2009 Merlot

1 bottle of Santa Barbara 1989 Cabernet Saivignon

1 bottle of Santa Barbara 1991 Paradis

I cannot speak for the Santa Barabara whites, but the Nichelini Merlots are excellent. I have to quite drinking these investments.


fonzannoon's picture

You sir will be hearing from my Lawyer.

seriously lets pool some funds on here and buy the whole thing up. We will name our brand FahQ BernaQE

PR Guy's picture

No. Let's call it 'Phuque'. Sounds more upmarket.

fonzannoon's picture

I don't have all the answers. I need a good PR guy.

wait one minute!

vulcanraven's picture

You should hire Fonestar™, I hear he is a real PR whiz.

BandGap's picture

That just sounds bitter, but if the money is right.....

PlausibleDenial's picture

As soon as I heard about the FUK, I went to the grocery store and bought a case of Tuna.  I usually eat a can a week.  The expiration date on the box (24 Cans) is March 2014.  I now have only one can left and I was joking with my gf that I was going to list it on ebay for $5,000.  The problem is few on ebay have any "fuking" idea about how the contamination particularly to our seafood.  Oh well,.....  anyone hungry??

NotApplicable's picture

I built a high-tunnel hoop house over my garden after Fuku. My wife doesn't like me telling people that's the reason I built it, though.

"Oh, it's to extend the growing season."

koncaswatch's picture

I live in hurricane prone area; tuna is a part of our "emergency" supplies, has been for years. I couldn't get a case, but in my area of the world I'm finding pre 2010 tuna in little shops in the countryside. My wife thought I was crazy until one of her girl freinds sent her a GW Fuku post. Now we are only eating fresh fish from the Caribbean (local). I'm going to be eating canned bluefin, albacore and yellow tail after next year's hurricane or economic colapse.

samcontrol's picture

not that bad of a plan .. but wine is made elsewhere.

But want you want to invest in. is something you ONLY get in the pacífic0 or cal or Japan pre2010.

Frank N. Beans's picture

"We won't know how bad the radiation at Fukyoushima is until after we win the Olympics bid." 

oxide's picture

Or, as Nancy Pelosi would say,

“We have to win the bid to know how much radiation there is.”


kralizec's picture

OK, now...glowing people at night...that just has super special olympics all over it!

TradingTroll's picture

These psychopathic leaders will do anything they want.


Just protect yourself and your family. This radiation in our body ages and weakens us. Look at how bad this flu season has been in the gulf states. Corexit anyone?


West Coast is next.


Preppers know what to do.


As a prepper, I added sodium alginate and Vitapect (both remove radiation) to my regime of staying healthy for when the day of reckoning comes.

Sabibaby's picture

As long as you smile and be happy you're industructable. It's the people who use their brain or frown who get sick from radiation and corexit.