Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Plant Continues to Pour Radiation Into The Pacific Ocean
July 22, 2015
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TEPCO reported on July 17, 2015 that Strontium-90 concentrations in the ocean outside Fukushima Units 3 and 4 are at record highs. Levels have spiked around 1,000% in 3 months.
Excerpts from presentation by nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen, Jul 16, 2015: “This catastrophe is not over. We should continue to be very worried. Three of the nuclear cores at Fukushima Daiichi are in direct contact with groundwater. Nuclear power designers and engineers never anticipated that possibility. Groundwater is still leaking in and leaking out, at a rate of at least 300 tons per day… more than 1,500 days have passed… 23,000-tanker truckloads of radioactive water have already leaked into the Pacific Ocean. There is no end in sight.” “Cesium, strontium and plutonium from Fukushima Daiichi will continue to bleed into the Pacific Ocean for decades because the groundwater flow is unmitigated.” Gundersen now avoids eating Pacific Ocean fish.
Nuclear expert Dr. Gordon Edwards has calculated that annually 50 cubic miles of highly radioactive water that has been pouring into the Pacific since the meltdowns. In 4 years, that’s a total volume of 200 cubic miles.
Senator Penelope Wright, Green Party, Parliament of Australia, Mar 5, 2015: “Like many others, I read an article in 2013 by Ivan Macfadyen called ‘The ocean is broken‘. It was published in The Sydney Morning Herald. It was chilling. It was heartbreaking really. Basically, he was confronted by the silence that he heard, the silence on the seas, and he realized that this was attributable to the fact that they saw very, very few birds. They also caught very few fish.”