Former Official: “40+ areas where extremely contaminated water flows directly into ocean” at Fukushima — Bloomberg: “4 years out, Fukushima reactors still spewing… Fishermen alleging for a while that radioactive water spilling into Pacific… astounding nobody at Tepco has gone to jail” (AUDIO)
Published: March 13th, 2015 at 10:29 am ET
Bloomberg, Columnist William Pesek, Mar 10, 2015: Four years out, Fukushima reactors still spewing — Fishermen trawling the waters off Japan’s eastern coast have been alleging for a while that radioactive water was again spilling into the Pacific from the Fukushima power plant… On Feb. 24 [Tepco] admitted those suspicions were justified. And it turns out that Tepco knew about this latest radioactive leak since last May — and the giant utility said nothing for almost a year. In the 15 days since Tepco finally confessed, have investigators raided its Tokyo headquarters? Have regulators demanded that heads roll? Has Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used his bully pulpit to demand accountability?… Tokyo was a scary place to be in March 2011 amid Fukushima’s triple meltdown. Most frightening, though, was the utter lack of transparency from the authorities… Even in the context of Japanese cronyism, it’s astounding that nobody at Tepco has gone to jail… At the very least, Tepco’s senior management should be fired without pensions and face charges from prosecutors…
Mainichi Daily News, Mar 11, 2015 (emphasis added): Fukushima plant still posing risks 4 yrs after meltdowns: regulator — Problems still occur regularly at the radiation-leaking complex… [TEPCO] said highly radioactive rainwater has flowed into the Pacific Ocean every time it has rained, in the latest revelation of a series of contaminated water leakages… but did not disclose the data for 10 months.. TEPCO President Naomi Hirose said Wednesday that the company “could have dealt with the situation differently if we had been able to give consideration to the feeling” of the local fishermen… the number of accidents involving plant workers has increased as the decommissioning work becomes more complex. “Over the past year, two workers died at Fukushima Daiichi, while other severe accidents occurred as well“… Hirose told TEPCO employees at the plant.
Japan Times, Mar 11, 2015: “There have been quite a few accidents and problems at the Fukushima plant in the past year, and we need to face the reality that they are causing anxiety and anger among people in Fukushima,” Shunichi Tanaka told personnel at the Nuclear Regulation Authority… Mishaps still occur regularly at the radiation-leaking complex… “There are numerous risks that could cause various accidents and problems,” Tanaka said…
Nuclear Hotseat hosted by Libbe HaLevy, Mar 10, 2015 (at 41:00 in): Seiichi Mizuno, member of Japan’s House of Councillors (Upper House of Parliament) from 1995-2001 – “The biggest problem is the melt-through of reactor cores… We have groundwater contamination… The idea that the contaminated water is somehow blocked in the harbor is especially absurd… It is leaking directly into the ocean. There’s evidence of more than 40 known ‘hotspot’ areas where extremely contaminated water is flowing directly into the ocean… We face huge problems with no prospect of solution.”