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Japan Prepares To Release Thousands Of Tons Of Fukushima Groundwater Into The Pacific


A few days ago, with over a three year delay, Japan finally admitted what was clear to most from day one: the consequences of the Fukushima disaster have been far, far worse than officials had reported, and not only is the containment effort out of control, but that more nuclear fuel had melted at the Fukushima nuclear reactor than previously reported, suggesting that neither TEPCO nor the government have had any success in mitigating what is now the worst – and ongoing – nuclear disaster in history.

So now, perhaps to celebrate its truth-telling ways, TEPCO has announced that it is planning to release thousands of tons of radioactive groundwater from the Fukushima disaster site into the ocean. Actually scratch that: officially the water dumped into the Pacific will be “decontaminated“, because TEPCO has that rare habit of “telling the truth.” It will also do so only after getting permission from local fishermen, who apparently have a choice: whether to catch five-eyed tuna after giving TEPCO “yes” for an answer, or merely catching five-eyed tuna, period.

As NHK confirms, TEPCO “is seeking approval from fishermen to discharge decontaminated ground water into the ocean.”

The spin: dumping “decontaminated” water into the ocean is an improvement because Fukushima is already leaking some 200 tons of contaminated ground water per day into the ocean. So why not slap a “treated” sticker on the water and just dump it all. It’s not as if the idiotic plan lifted straight from Game of Thrones, which Japan came up with last year to encase Fukushima in a frozen sarcophagus had any chance of working. So now it is straight to what anyone with a functioning frontal lobe said would happen anyway: thousands if not millions of tons of radioactive water will enter the Pacific anyway. Only this time TEPCO is at least pretending to care about the truth and/or the environment.

More from NHK:

Highly radioactive water at the plant is seeping into the earth and mixing with ground water. Experts estimate around 200 tons of contaminated ground water are leaking into the ocean each day.


Engineers with Tokyo Electric Power Company are building an iron barrier along a coastal embankment in a bid to contain the problem.


TEPCO officials say they plan to pump the water and remove radioactive substances using a decontamination system they are building. They say the barrier and the decontamination system will be in place in September. But they have limited capacity in storage tanks at the plant, and want to discharge the decontaminated water into the ocean.

In other words, to avoid dumping radioactive water into the Pacific, Japan has to… dump radioactive water into the Pacific. Brilliant.

The officials say they explained the plan to the Fukushima prefectural fisheries association, and they will seek approval from the local fisheries cooperative.

And if the fishermen say no, because guess what: selling glow in the dark toro tartare just happens to cut into the radioactive top and bottom-line, well… tough.

They say they also want to decontaminate ground water collected at wells near reactor buildings before releasing it into the ocean. They will apply to the government to build drainage pipes and other facilities to do so.

But the officials say they will not go ahead without the consent of the fishermen. They say their plan is an improvement on the current situation, as contaminated water is spilling directly into the ocean.

So to summarize: TEPCO will politely ask the local fishermen if it is allowed to dump thousands of tons of “decontaminated” radioactive water into the ocean, and if it doesn’t get the green light, it will continue to dump thousands of tons of contaminated radioactive water into the ocean.

Surely some Keynesian professor in some radioactive Tokyo ivory tower has found a way that this idiocy will add to GDP.


18 Comments on "Japan Prepares To Release Thousands Of Tons Of Fukushima Groundwater Into The Pacific"

  1. peakyeast on Sun, 10th Aug 2014 7:58 am 

    I wonder if it is because the water is so contaminated with radioactive ore that the dumping is measured in tons instead of liters or m3.. 😉

  2. Makati1 on Sun, 10th Aug 2014 8:01 am 

    A million gallons of Corexit here, a thousand tons of radioactive water there. Corporations don’t give a damn about the future past the next profit quarter. THAT is why we are going to go extinct this century. At the rate we are killing the oceans, our major life support system, we may not make it to 2050.

  3. Kenz300 on Sun, 10th Aug 2014 8:22 am 

    Nuclear energy —“too cheap to meter”, (a nuclear energy propaganda slogan) —- until you add in the cost of nuclear waste disposal than it is too dangerous and too costly to exist.

    The disasters at Fukishima and Chernobly continue today with no end in sight.

    Had these been a wind farm or solar energy plant both would be cleaned up, producing energy again and all the displaced people would be back home.

  4. Donuts on Sun, 10th Aug 2014 12:38 pm 

    At this point, I’m rooting for ebola.

  5. W. Chan on Sun, 10th Aug 2014 7:22 pm 

    Since when Japan has ever taken note of the interest of the international communities. They killed whales in the name of “scientific researches”, they took possession of Diaoyu islands unilaterally and PM Abe in a single move revised the country’s constitution to rearm its military to fight overseas battles.

    The nuclear poisoned water released to the pacific will have fatal effects on people around the Pacific ocean for decades to come. It’s inconceivable that no voice has been raised in the international communities on this deadly matter.

  6. tcchen on Sun, 10th Aug 2014 8:36 pm 

    Japan has been irresponsible and secretive for contaminating fish and seaweed in the Pacific rim for years to come.

  7. Lisa Zure on Sun, 10th Aug 2014 10:44 pm 

    The dumping of this water violates International Sea Law… IAEA is complicit (and the US DOE) in spinning this situation on a regular basis. To date, NOT ONE, so-called ocean conservation organization has taken up the cause to call for a team of truly international experts to oversee the “decontamination” of Fukushima and demanding that the most advanced technology be employed. This is a disastrous and fatal “comedy of errors,” with organizations like Union of Concerned Scientists and others (Buessler from Woods Hole) jumping on board to continue the downplay and spin, while building their own notoriety. Until some individual or organization of note takes up the call to DEMAND protection of our GLOBAL PACIFIC… we are all complicit in the destruction of our oceans, sea life, and thus ourselves. I put a full year of my time into this situation, and to date, no organization or individual of influence have taken up the call to protect our oceans. Not even the folks protecting Japanese dolphins. We need a massive voice to demand this situation be remedied now.

  8. Norm on Mon, 11th Aug 2014 1:42 am 

    i am eager to try out, the new glow in the dark tuna-fish.

  9. Makati1 on Mon, 11th Aug 2014 2:02 am 

    W.Chan, the conveyor belt currents will take it to the Atlantic in a few years. Than all of the world can enjoy their neon salmon.

  10. Taycee on Mon, 11th Aug 2014 2:14 am 

    I live in washington state, thankfully 250miles inland..
    However, this whole mess saddens me and also scares me..
    part of our states econemy rests on the fishing industry.
    Due to there lies and lack of responsabilities (sorry for bad spelling) when people finaly wake up and realize what is going to happen, its going to put alot of companies out of business. Hmmm… I wonder if the government will step in and do a bail out like they did for the banks..

  11. PeteC on Mon, 11th Aug 2014 4:27 am 

    This is such a great idea. +1 to the human race for being brilliant in a time where oceans are starting to get disgusting. Topping on the cake. Just awesome.

  12. Kenz300 on Mon, 11th Aug 2014 8:19 am 

    The nuclear industry in Japan and in the US are doing all they can to undermine renewable energy and keep business as usual with their nuclear plants. Nuclear energy is too costly and too dangerous. The cost of the Fukishima and Chernobyl cleanups should make that very clear to everyone. (they will never be truly cleaned up and the cost to store nuclear waste will go on FOREVER)


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  13. Jim on Mon, 11th Aug 2014 10:37 am 

    Its reasonable that they are concerned for the radioactive contamination of their ground water (one of their sources of tap water). They are looking out for their citizens but .. what about the concern for contaminating the Pacific Ocean, the wildlife and the international community that relies upon it (fishing, water desalination, beach goers, swimmers, etc) I guess we are just not important as their japanese citizens.

  14. Richard Rodriguez on Mon, 11th Aug 2014 9:08 pm 

    China and Japan are like rats they eat everything they kill everything now they want contaminated the ocean keep buyin made in China and let Japan buy all the business in the states that is our real problem china and japan.

  15. Norm on Tue, 12th Aug 2014 4:15 am 

    Kraft could release some green mayonnaise…. to go with my glow in the dark tuna fish…

  16. carl rayner on Tue, 12th Aug 2014 11:14 pm 

    They world ( everyone except Japan) should ban all commercial Japaneese fishing around the world except in there own international zone – let them eat the toxic fish & kill there nation off don’t come sailing around the world and steal the fish from our waters, they will be stuff soon enough if they keep dumping the shit into the ocean.

  17. Nathan Barton on Wed, 13th Aug 2014 5:32 pm 

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  18. David (in Oregon) on Wed, 13th Aug 2014 9:38 pm 

    I am already boycotting the purchase and eating of pacific ocean fish (at the market and restaurants).

    Unfortunately I live within 60 miles of the coast so I also worry about airborne transmission of fallout. My government doesn’t give a crap (no monitoring for radiation!) and our mainstream media couldn’t care less either.

    It is all about furthering the Corporate empire and their bottom line regardless of the impacts upon society. It is well past time that we clamp down on them with strict regulations, ending corporate tax loopholes and favoritism. If we don’t then we are all screwed – big time!

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