Japan Begins Purposely Dumping 100s Of Tons Of Radioactive Water From Fukushima Into The Pacific

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Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

How do you get rid of hundreds of tons of highly radioactive water?  You dump it into the Pacific Ocean of course!  In Japan, the  Tokyo Electric Power Co. has made the “painful decision” to begin purposely dumping massive amounts of radioactive water currently being stored at the destroyed Fukushima nuclear facility directly into the Pacific.  This is being done even though water radiation levels near Fukushima spiked to a brand new all-time record high just a few days ago.  The radioactive material that is being released will enter our food chain and will potentially stay with us for decades to come.  Fukushima is an environmental nightmare that never seems to end, but the mainstream media in the United States decided to pretty much stop talking about it long ago.  So don’t expect the big news networks to make a big deal out of the fact that Japan is choosing to use the Pacific Ocean as a toilet for their nuclear waste.  But even though they aren’t talking about it, that doesn’t mean that radioactive material from Fukushima is not seriously affecting the health of millions of people all over the planet.

According to the Japan Times, Tepco released 560 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific on Wednesday, and Tepco says that for the foreseeable future we should expect another 100 tons of radioactive water to be released into the ocean every single day…

Tokyo Electric Power Co. began dumping groundwater from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant into the Pacific on Wednesday, in a bid to manage the huge amounts of radioactive water that have built up at the complex.


The utility, which says the water discharged is within legal radiation safety limits, has been fighting a daily battle against contaminated water since Fukushima No. 1 was decimated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.


Tepco said 560 tons of groundwater captured and stored before it entered reactor building basements was to be released Wednesday, using a bypass system that funnels it toward the ocean after checking for radiation levels.


Using the bypass, Tepco hopes to divert an average of 100 tons of untainted groundwater a day into the ocean.

Tepco is assuring us that the radioactive water that is being released is within “legal radiation safety limits”.

But this is the same company that could not tell us why radiation levels in water near Fukushima reached a new all-time high just a few days ago…

Radiation has spiked to all-time highs at five monitoring points in waters adjacent to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power station, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday.


The measurements follow similar highs detected in groundwater at the plant. Officials of Tepco, as the utility is known, said the cause of the seawater spike is unknown.

Three of the monitoring sites are inside the wrecked plant’s adjacent port, which ships once used to supply it.


At one sampling point in the port, between the water intakes for the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors, 1,900 becquerels per liter of tritium was detected Monday, up from a previous high of 1,400 becquerels measured on April 14, Tepco said.


Nearby, also within the port, tritium levels were found to have spiked to 1,400 becquerels, from a previous high of 1,200 becquerels.

So do you trust Tepco?

I certainly do not.

And this is not just a Japanese issue.  Radioactive material from Fukushima has literally been found all over the planet.  For example, a nuclear fuel fragment from Fukushima has been found as far away as Norway.

Once this radioactive material gets into the ocean and into our food chain, there is no telling where it may end up.

If the mainstream media really did care about “the environment”, they would be talking about this.  But instead, there seems to be a conspiracy of silence.  Just consider the comments that Martin Fackler of the New York Times made during one recent interview…

Yeah… it’s so hard in Japan to talk about the radiation issue, like how bad is it really… There is a sense that if you even talk about these issues, you’re hurting the poor people of Fuksuhima. Therefore, we shouldn’t talk about it. That’s just not right… The folks who don’t want us to talk about it are the government, because they don’t want to pay compensation… I feel like there is a lot going on in Fukushima that just doesn’t get talked about in the local media, not necessarily for government cover-up sort of issues, but self restraint or self censorship. Even papers that are pretty strong in their reporting on Tepco in some ways, like the Tokyo Shimbun, won’t talk about these issues because they’re afraid that somehow its unpatriotic to talk about radiation. There’s a lot of questions and issues that are not being talked about, and I think they should be talked and if there is damage to the people of Fukushima that’s the responsibility of Tepco…

And the U.S. media certainly doesn’t seem to want to talk about how radiation from Fukushima could be affecting the west coast of our country.

But the evidence continues to mount that something very unusual is happening.

Just consider what is happening to young sea lions along the coast of California

Sea lions are once again struggling to survive and are washing ashore, many of them pups dehydrated, malnourished and on the brink of death.


The year started off quieter than last year, and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center’s director of development, Melissa Sciacca, thought they were in the clear – until about a month ago, when the calls started coming in nonstop. The center, in Laguna Beach, is near capacity, with about 100 sea lions being treated so they can be returned to the wild once they are strong enough.


“We thought it was going to be a nice calm year; in the last month it’s just spiked,” she said. “The rescues just keep coming in at a steady pace.”

And as I wrote about just the other day, something is causing millions of fish to die in mass death events all over the globe right now.

Could Fukushima be a contributing factor?

A lot of people out there are attempting to downplay the impact that the Fukushima nuclear disaster has had on the Pacific Ocean.

I believe that this is a huge mistake.

Nuclear radiation causes cancer.

Nuclear radiation kills.

The total amount of nuclear material released from Fukushima just continues to increase and slowly accumulate in our food chain.  When these nuclear particles get into you, they can literally start cooking you from the inside out.  In a previous article, I included a quote from an opinion piece by Helen Caldicott that was published in the Guardian….

Internal radiation, on the other hand, emanates from radioactive elements which enter the body by inhalation, ingestion, or skin absorption. Hazardous radionuclides such as iodine-131, caesium 137, and other isotopes currently being released in the sea and air around Fukushima bio-concentrate at each step of various food chains (for example into algae, crustaceans, small fish, bigger fish, then humans; or soil, grass, cow’s meat and milk, then humans). After they enter the body, these elements – called internal emitters – migrate to specific organs such as the thyroid, liver, bone, and brain, where they continuously irradiate small volumes of cells with high doses of alpha, beta and/or gamma radiation, and over many years, can induce uncontrolled cell replication – that is, cancer. Further, many of the nuclides remain radioactive in the environment for generations, and ultimately will cause increased incidences of cancer and genetic diseases over time.

Doesn’t that sound lovely?

And it has been documented that radioactive material from Fukushima has been getting into the seafood being sold in North America.

For example, back in 2012 the Vancouver Sun reported that cesium-137 was being discovered in a very high percentage of the fish that Japan was selling to Canada…

• 73 percent of the mackerel

• 91 percent of the halibut

• 92 percent of the sardines

• 93 percent of the tuna and eel

• 94 percent of the cod and anchovies

• 100 percent of the carp, seaweed, shark and monkfish

So why was radiation testing for seafood subsequently shut down in Canada?

Since that time, as I detailed in one of my previous articles, a high school student up in Canada tested seafood bought at local grocery stores for radioactive contamination.  What she found was absolutely stunning…

A Canadian high school student named Bronwyn Delacruz never imagined that her school science project would make headlines all over the world.  But that is precisely what has happened.  Using a $600 Geiger counter purchased by her father, Delacruz measured seafood bought at local grocery stores for radioactive contamination.  What she discovered was absolutely stunning.  Much of the seafood, particularly the products that were made in China, tested very high for radiation.  So is this being caused by nuclear radiation from Fukushima?  Is the seafood that we are eating going to give us cancer and other diseases?

Why aren’t we being warned about this?

Earlier this year, a fish that was caught just off the coast of the Fukushima prefecture was discovered to have 124 times the safe level of radioactive cesium.

But virtually nobody in the mainstream media considers this to be important enough to talk about.

A lot of people seem to think that the Fukushima nuclear disaster is old news.  But in many ways the biggest problems for North America may just be beginning.  For example, according to scientists at the University of South Wales, the main radioactive plume of water from Fukushima has finally crossed the Pacific Ocean and is going to hit our shores at some point during 2014…

The first radioactive ocean plume released by the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster will finally be reaching the shores of the United States some time in 2014, according to a new study from the University of New South Wales — a full three or so years after the date of the disaster.

The following graphics come directly from that study…

Fukushima Radiation - University Of New South Wales

So as the main plume of nuclear radiation reaches our shores, what will that do to our wildlife, our fishing industry and our beaches?

And what kind of danger does this radioactive water pose to those living along the west coast?

These are very important questions, but unfortunately those in power and those working for the mainstream media don’t really want to talk about these things.

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DoChenRollingBearing's picture



Mmm, N Pacific tuna...

You can tune a piano, but you can't tune a fish.



N American night owls should consider staying up late to watch the newly discovered meteor shower, look north from 1:00 AM - 4:00 AM (US ET). 



Tao 4 the Show's picture

Not sure that has any bearing on the problem, DoChen.

In less than 300 years, the cesium and strontium will be essentially all decayed. From what I have read, the ocean is essentially at saturation level for uranium (from granite erosion). So, if the plutonium manages to sequester somehow, the problem should go away by itself in a few hundred years.

logicalman's picture

Get back to us when you know what you are talking about.

Anyone reading this won't see a third of that time span and the time they will see will be the worst part.

As for Pu, a microgram internally is pretty much a death sentence.

There's no way to make nukes look benign.

Tao 4 the Show's picture

It was sarc, though the facts are correct. Eight half lives is a typical time used to estimate near complete decay. Obviously, this is a problem for decades to come.

mvsjcl's picture

They've been dumping water all along. But the facade of storage can no longer be maintained, thus the public proclamation that dumping will commence, amid much tears and gnashing of teeth, of course.

LetThemEatRand's picture

The good thing about radiation is that everyone's teeth will fall out.  But there's always bleeding gum gnashing.  Similar to the golf clap.

mvsjcl's picture

What's the half-life of that ugly image radiating my internal eye?

zerozulu's picture

In around 25,000 years this will convert into lead. So let those future homophones be worried about lead poisoning. We don't need to worry about their problems.

willwork4food's picture

I forget, what's the half-life of pelosi, feinstien and biden? 25.000 years? God help us.

nope-1004's picture

Stupid Japs.  First idiotic mistake was putting a nuclear plant on one of the most active fault lines in the world, and on the coast.  There is dumb, and there is phukking dumb.


COSMOS's picture

Sounds just like California.  Porn industry in there so lots of Phukking definitely.

derek_vineyard's picture

did anyone ever think they would spend the 250-500 billion to encapsualte it?  and even then because tunelling underwater is required---it wouldn't be failsafe



espirit's picture

It's as I've said all along:


Headbanger's picture

Get a Geiger counter app for your Android device here to check your sushi and any Japanese cars you get into.


Get lead sheets here:


Nail guns if it gets really bad:



BTFDemocracy's picture

This is it. Moving away from Los Angeles. No need to glow green.

CheapBastard's picture

"The Canadian student opined her next project is to study the increased rates of leukemia, thyroid cancer and neuroblastomas on the West Coast of Merikas."

BigJim's picture

And then she made the mistake of using a nailgun in a hot tub.

ebworthen's picture

What's a little radiation among friends?

It's like serial non-mongamy without condoms, more fun that way.

"We're all in the same boat" comes to mind, not to mention that they were GE reactors pushed by the U.S.

We dropped two nukes on them so the people of Japan deserve a break, but not TEPCO and the corrupt government.

Tall Tom's picture

Stupid Japs? It seems to me that General Electric is an American Corporation. They built the core.


It was an American Design built by subsidiaries of American Corporations as we were intent on farming cheap japanese goods and services.


The USA did it.



Tall Tom's picture

To the fools who downvoted...Sorry that you do not like the facts.


From Wikipedia...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima_Daiichi_Nuclear_Power_Plant


The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (??????????, Fukushima Daiichi Genshiryoku Hatsudensho?) is a disabled nuclear power plant ...Fukushima I was the first nuclear plant to be designed, constructed and run in conjunction with General Electric, Boise, and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).[3]


It was an AMERICAN DESIGN.  We did this to ourselves.

BigJim's picture

There's plenty of stupid to go round. GE may have sold them a pup, but it was the the Japs who bought the pup, and then put it on a faultline and in the way of tsunamis.

The Blank Stare's picture

The Americans also told them not to put the generators, and the actual plant, so close to the ocean, but to put them higher up the hill. TEPCO didn't want to pay the extra money to do this. Loss of power was the main reason for the melt-throughs.

newbie vampire's picture

"There is dumb, and there is phukking dumb."

You think so ?

Is it stoopider than the US volunteering to take a bullet for them ? 

It wouldn't surprise me if this their way of getting back at us for Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Not too many years from now, we're gonna be seeing the beginning of generations of US mutants.

Winston Churchill's picture

The Wal-Martians are already among us.

James-Morrison's picture

I might be moving to Montana soon...

The world needs more dental floss.

mccvilb's picture

Ya, like we Americans would never do anything as stupid as that. (First Nuclear Meltdown in the US 55 yrs ago located on top of the San Andreas fault line)

HaroldWang's picture

Remember the movie, "China Syndrome"? They scared everone into believing a nuclear meltdown would destroy much of the world. Japan had 3 or 4 at the same time! And what's the result? Not much of anything. No widespread destruction. No thousands of deaths or mutations. I guess our worst nightmare never materialized because it never existed.

intric8's picture

Its just the water dump persisting for the next few years that bothers me Wanger, but other than that they should be able to wind it down without too much trouble.

There will be thousands of cancers leading to deaths out of that fukushima event though, that will be realized harry. Just a matter of time.

UselessEater's picture

be happy, Harold and I are just another pair of uselesseaters.....so we'll eat our sushi proudly until the tumours make it impossible.

For Gawd's sake anyone not weary about this risk is not considering the precautionary principle, you know, do no harm, etc.....

ebworthen's picture


The Tuna and Salmon are fine.

Bon Appetit.  And don't forget the iodized salt.

"Do Not Worry" and all that; the reacotrs in Amurika are fine too.  No worries.

Fukushima Sam's picture

Absolutley.  There is no immediate danger to human health here.

Redneck Hippy's picture


Flog your theories to the kids from Fukushima with thyroid cancer.  The government claimed it couldn't be caused by radiation because it happened too fast.  Like they had never seen the leading edge of a bell curve.


TradingTroll's picture



Did you not get the memo about cancer rates exploding? Tens of millions of more cases per year now than a decade ago? Autism and other childhood diseases exploding?

Genetic deformity exploding. Missing genes. Genetic passports being planned.


All for 'free' nuke power that will power what? An uninhabitable planet?

TheRideNeverEnds's picture

I am no nuclear scientist but what I have studied on radiation exposure tells me the hype about its negative effects is greatly exaggerated and mainly pushed by the oil, gas and coal industries for obvious reasons. 


Look at Chernobyl, there were only like what, a few dozen people that died as a result of acute radiation poisoning, all of which were people working in the immediate vicinity and a couple thousand that were loosely correlated to have incurred cancer from tertiary exposure.


There are people that live around that place now, they moved back in and have been there for years, they are doing just fine.  


I am jot saying its totally harmless but all facts indicate its effects are greatly overblown and in reality you have a much higher statistical chance of death by choking on the food you eat than any radiation contained therein.  

HaroldWang's picture

Perfectly stated. Finally a rational thinker on this. Thank you!

BigJim's picture

 a few dozen people that died as a result of acute radiation poisoning

Yes, indeed, there probably were only a few dozen people who were killed by acute radiation poisoning... but countless thousands who have developed - or will develop - cancer as a result of 'non-acute' radiation.... not to mention all those happy happy Chernobyl babies.

freak of nature's picture

The only reason more people didn't die due to the Chernobyl accident is because they evacuated Pripyat and it has remained that way for nearly 30 years. The danger is hardly "overblown".

SykeWar's picture

"A few dozen"?  "A couple thousand"?  "Pushed by the oil, gas and coal industries"?

You're not a nuke scientist?  You sound like one.  One thing's for sure, you are a great liar. According to Vyacheslav Grishin of the Chernobyl Union, the main organization of liquidators, "25,000 of the Russian liquidators are dead and 70,000 disabled, about the same in Ukraine, and 10,000 dead in Belarus and 25,000 disabled", which makes a total of 60,000 dead (10% of the 600 000, liquidators) and 165,000 disabled.  Also, you're an obsfucator; thyroid cancer, a very rare disease in children skyrocketed to nearly 7,000 cases in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine by 2005.

Nuke pukes like to twist logic to fit their twisted agenda.  They say things like, "people moved back".  So what?  This doesn't mean it's safe!  It means they have nowhere else to go, or they have too much vested to just let it all go.  And their favorite escape statement is, "we don't know what is doing X, but we KNOW it's not radiation."  WTF, really?  And how do they know this?  Answer: they don't.

If you had done even basic cursory research you would have seen your statements here are complete BS.  Your screed is nothing more than Nuke industry propaganda line for line.  Shill.

TheRideNeverEnds's picture

Most people are swayed by such "big" numbers but again its fucking nothing.  Over 20,000 people die per year in america from slip and falls, over 30,000 die per year from accidental poisoning / drug overdose, that is not counting car accidents which number basically the combination of those previous two per year.


Those numbers are a joke, follow 600,000 people for a period of time and the longer the time period the higher the percent of them that will be dead or disabled.   Great, 7000 kids that may have gotten cancer from radiation, how many kids do you think are disabled per year in the US from just things we can control like vaccines and HFCS?  (hint; add a few zeros.)  


Again, sure its not ideal but don't make out radiation to be some world ending apocalyptic event.  Radiation is a natural part of the universe, we have been and will continue to be constantly exposed to it from natural and man made sources ranging from the soil to the sun and everything in between.  It is actually crucial to many of our biological processes via the generation of Vitamin D.   


I live in an area where hundreds of nukes were detonated not long ago, thousands were cumulatively detonated around the world.  We are still here.


Who is to say that these new sources of radiation are not a good thing?  There is an argument to be made for the effects of radiation on DNA being a mechanism of evolution and a crucial component in the creation of not only life in the first place but also the rapid advancement to complex life.  


All that aside, what do you want them to do with that water anyway?  Keep it there forever, vaporize it, try to clean it, release it, bottle it up and sell it, load it on a rocket and shoot it into the sun?  

Redneck Hippy's picture

Go volunteer to fix Fukushima and see how fast you evolve.

The Blank Stare's picture

You have no idea what's going to happen today, tomorrow, or next year. there are 3 or 4 events that could occure that WOULD make it a "world ending apocalyptic event". 

1. Any of the fuel pools collapse or dry up=world ending apocalyptic event

2. Any of the cores melting through to the water table=world ending apocalyptic event

3.Another strong earthquake and tsunami=world ending apocalyptic event

4. Massive kill-off of Phyoplankton=world ending apocalyptic event


Your comparisons are childish. And if you start talking about bananas, I'm gonna bitch slap you.

Idaho potato head's picture

Heh,perhaps it will become moot after the coming exchange over Ukraine and thusly ignored by TPTB.

Againstthelie's picture

Atomic bomb radiation material is different to nuclear reactor radiation. Radiation of atimic bombs has a short half life, the one from reactors lasts hundreds, thousands and even tenthousands of years.


SilverTech's picture

Chernobyl Deaths Top a Million Based on Real Evidence

...Nevertheless, the devastating health impacts did not escape the notice of the hundreds of doctors, scientists and other citizens who had to bear witness to the deformities, sicknesses and deaths of exposed babies, children and adults in their care...

...The evidence that emerged is also striking for the diversity of deformities and illnesses observed apart from cancers; and this is documented in more than 10,000 studies...


Infant mortality rates have increased all over the Northern hemisphere since Chernobyl. I think more radiation has been released from Fukushima already than fom Chrenobyl, and it's continuing and could easily spike since nobody knows what's going on with the 3 melted cores or what will happen with the fuel pools.

studfinder's picture

Less then that...half life is about 30 years...so after a few half lives its pretty much spent...still a good 100+ years...   Sad..but its almost like the situation is being run by morons that have no clue how to fix it (can it be fixed?)...

DavidC's picture

Which isotope is the relevant one?

Caesium has 39 known isotopes with half lifes ranging from 2.3 MILLION years (135Cs) to 30 years (137Cs) to 2 years (134Cs) to fractions of a second.

ALSO, the MAIN consideration is the TYPE of radiation, whether it is Alpha, Beta or Gamma radiation. I'd sooner be near an alpha emitter than a gamma emitter.

And that's only one of the various radioactive materials!


logicalman's picture

The main consideration is radiation, everything else is just details.

As for being 'near' an alpha emitter, internal exposure to alpha emitters is deadly.

Root Mean Square and all that - when the range is zero, the dose is high.

Pu is a good example and its half life is a bit more than 30 years - 238 three times that - 244 about three MILLION times that and lots of in between numbers.


freewolf7's picture

The phrase "don't sh*t where you eat" comes to mind.
I'm awe-struck at the degree to which we can trash the planet, while most use their chosen addiction/distraction to look away.
Given our current level of trance state, when news of Fukushima radiation reaches The Today Show, I believe we will actually be nonchalant about it.
"Oh, those poor people in _____, I hope it works out for them." No rage, just, "Well, I better get to work."
Like antelope, witnessing the death of one of their own caught by the big cat, they just keep on grazing,

August's picture


Just don't go within a kilometer of the Pacific Ocean, or eat any seafood for the next 300 years, and you'll be fine. Most likely.