Radioactive water leak suspends Takahama reactor restart

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  • 10

    RedMango

    Here we go again.

  • -14

    shonanbb

    Just dump the water in the ocean. The planet is huge.

  • 6

    daito_hak

    Wasn't the NRA responsible to make sure that the reactors to be restarted must pass stricter safety measures before to do so?

    It seems to me instead, that the NRA is giving those authorizations without any serious professionalism but rather under the pressure of power companies and the government.

  • 8

    Citizen2012

    Just dump the water in the ocean. The planet is huge.

    So mature...pollute without thinking of the planet as long as we make money out of it.

  • 3

    Yubaru

    Last month, another reactor at Kansai Electric Power’s Takahama plant was switched on, but the accident stalls plans to bring the next one online which have already met with stiff opposition from local residents.

    Opposition from local residents is sadly not going to be enough to stop Abe from getting his way in having the reactors turned back on. Importing fossil fuels has hurt the economy and Abe doesnt give a crap about the safety of the people.

    It's going to take a revolution to get Abe to listen.

  • 3

    smithinjapan

    "“Resumption procedures related to the incident have been suspended as we are still investigating the cause,” a company spokesman said, adding that there was no impact on the environment outside the plant."

    That didn't take long! But of course, despite not knowing the cause, there can't POSSIBLY have been any danger or harm to the environment!

  • 3

    TheGodfather

    34 liters of cooling WATER containing RADIOACTIVE substances LEAKED out from the reactor at its Takahama plant

    Here's Tom with the weather!!

  • -8

    Strangerland

    Of course it's not good to dump the water into the ocean, but that said, if it were dumped in the ocean, the effects would be negligible. There is a mind blowingly large amount of water in the Pacific Ocean, and any radiated water dumped into it would dilute to almost nothing.

  • 5

    AADV123

    This reactor needs to either be completely rebuilt or shut down for good. Cooling water should NEVER be able to get outside of its area, let alone outside of the entire reactor... This needs to be addressed immediately for the safety of not only the local residents, but the residents of Japan as a whole.

  • 5

    sf2k

    Sadly if a full disaster is not enough to stop nuclear in Japan, radioactive events like this will be justified and continued everyday. C'mon Japan, you're better than this

  • -6

    Star-viking

    Other reports give the total radioactivity as 60,000 Bequerels - utterly insignificant.

  • 1

    Jeremy Rigby

    Sorry I missed the latest Tsunami.....

  • 5

    Farmboy

    It makes no sense, out of all the reactors available, to start with the oldest ones, which are the least safe. Of course, in earthquake country, it makes no sense to run any of them, but that battle has evidently been lost.

  • 7

    100 CPM

    These people have completely lost their group mind!

    in context of:

    Says: "Nuclear Expert in Japan: Plutonium “is everywhere… it is everywhere” after Fukushima reactors exploded — It’s being redeposited in “unanticipated” locations — “Black radioactive dust just wherever you go” — “It’s running right into Pacific Ocean"

    ref: http://enenews.com/nuclear-expert-plutonium-everywhere-everywhere-after-fukushima-reactors-exploded-being-redeposited-unanticipated-locations-black-radioactive-dust-running-pacific-ocean-video

  • 10

    zones2surf

    It is amazing to me that there are those that would dismiss this as insignificant. Minor amounts of water, low levels of radioactivity, let's just dump it into the ocean because it really won't make any difference.

    That is utterly and completely missing the point. Which is. After all of these years and fighting to restart reactors, they go and restart them, and a leak occurs. Cause unknown.

    So, despite all of the attention and all of the preparations and all of the checks and more checks that had to be done, they still had a leak. And they can't figure out why. It doesn't matter how much water leaked and how radioactive it was. This is about the public's confidence in the safety of these reactors.

    Imagine the news conference.

    Question: Didn't you do preparations and checks? Answer: Yes, exhaustively.

    Question: And you still had a leak? Answer: Yes, unfortunately.

    Question: And you don't know the cause? Answer: No, not yet.

    Question: But you are assuring the public that the reactor is completely safe? Answer: Yes, absolutely. We are completely confident. Public's Response: Riighhhhttt. Got it.

  • -13

    WilliB

    one.... two.... standing by for the predictable anti-nuclear hysteria from some commentators. It is almost like a ritual around here.

  • 8

    Alex80

    one.... two.... standing by for the predictable anti-nuclear hysteria from some commentators. It is almost like a ritual around here.

    It's not hysteria, but common sense. This reactor is very old and it's giving already troubles. They should let it off, and respect people's wishes.

  • -6

    Zaphod

    100 CPM:

    " Says: "Nuclear Expert in Japan: Plutonium “is everywhere… (snip) ref: http://enenews.com "

    It is always a good idea to look where some "information" here comes from. From Rational Wiki:

    ENENews, or Energy News, is a fear mongering anti-nuclear news aggregator that was created in response to the Fukushima I nuclear accident. The site tends to have three different types of posts: posts that imply the Fukushima accident has poisoned the entire Pacific Ocean and adjacent coastlines[1][2][3] (as if a single nuclear accident could do such a thing) and that "They" are covering up the true scale of the disaster.[4][5] The site also features posts that report on any and every case of animal death and disease that occurs in the Pacific Ocean and adjacent coastlines[6][7], and posts that claim that the Fukushima reactors are seconds away from exploding again and releasing more pollution.[8][9]

    ....OK then

  • 1

    albaleo

    @zones2surf

    Imagine the news conference.

    I see that you did.

    The leak was discovered during the checking process. In fact it was during the pre-checking process. There was to be a simulation of real conditions today, now suspended. They had an alarm in place to detect leaks. It worked. They had a system in place to suspend activities. It worked. The radioactive leakage amounts to 60,000 Bequerels, about the same as two household smoke detectors.

  • -1

    Carl-Åke Utterström

    A yearly radiation of 350 milliSievert increase the luminium cancer risk with Three percent while smoking increase the risk with 1 500 percent.

    The radiation from Fukushima is at a level of 120 milliSievert from the worst contaminated areas far lower than the above level. What I mean is that the radiation level will be noticed on an objective level. Not anything else.

  • 3

    Roger Jolly

    Accidents like these happens pretty much in several places, just they do not come reporting them to you as now Japanese do... La Hague reprocessing plant in France dumps directly into the sea through an underwater pipe low level radioactive waste all the time, because of a flaw in the legislation concerning radioactive waste dump into the sea (which is prohibited concerning barrels and sealed containers, but says nothing about direct out-takes).

  • 4

    zones2surf

    @albaeleo,

    The leak was discovered during the checking process. In fact it was during the pre-checking process. There was to be a simulation of real conditions today, now suspended. They had an alarm in place to detect leaks. It worked. They had a system in place to suspend activities. It worked. The radioactive leakage amounts to 60,000 Bequerels, about the same as two household smoke detectors.

    I missed that information in the article. Which paragraph was that in?

  • -2

    Gaijin Desi

    Leaked Water must be of GREEN color.

  • 6

    Farmboy

    If anyone here thinks the Fukushima problem has been solved, you are mistaken. It's an ongoing problem, and there is currently no available technology to fix all of the problems. The degree of radiation in especially one of the reactors is so high that most robots cannot enter without gettting zapped, and the robots that can are not able to do much useful work. There is also no way to entomb it, as one would have to get under the plant to do so. It will just leak, slowly or quickly, into the environment, until technology advances enough to fix it, even if there are no more quakes or tsunamis.

    If anyone thinks that one more disaster like this won't completely wreck the country, you are mistaken. Japan cannot afford even one more big mistake with nuclear power, especially in another area. I`m glad they caught this problem in time, but a 40 year old plant is sure to have more of them.

  • -4

    WilliB

    Farmboy:

    " I`m glad they caught this problem in time, but a 40 year old plant is sure to have more of them. "

    I agree that they should restart the oldest plants last, or not at all. But please note that the accident occured not because of age, but because of natural disaster. And I am confident that the lessons learned about backup cooling systems and power supply will be implemented, are you not?

  • 3

    Alex80

    Accidents like these happens pretty much in several places, just they do not come reporting them to you as now Japanese do... La Hague reprocessing plant in France dumps directly into the sea through an underwater pipe low level radioactive waste all the time, because of a flaw in the legislation concerning radioactive waste dump into the sea (which is prohibited concerning barrels and sealed containers, but says nothing about direct out-takes).

    I know these things, indeed I am against nuclear power everywhere, not only in Japan. In Europe we are still paying the consequences for Chernobyl, also in terms of money.

  • 3

    smithinjapan

    WilliB: "But please note that the accident occured not because of age, but because of natural disaster. "

    No, that is the fallacy that those who cannot accept the truth tell themselves so they can remain pro-nuclear. It happened because TEPCO did not listen to all the warnings about such natural disasters, and you yourself JUST admitted their mistakes with the backup generators being where they were, etc. Blaming the natural disasters for the stupidity of people is just guaranteed the stupidity will continue to result in the same problems occurring when a disaster strikes. Take, for example, the collapse of the building in Tainan following the massive quake in Taiwan the other day; why did only that one building collapse like that? You can't blame the quake for the shoddy building, same as you can't blame the quake and tsunami for TEPCO not listening nor learning.

    "And I am confident that the lessons learned about backup cooling systems and power supply will be implemented, are you not?"

    Nope. And when it happens again -- and it's not 'if', but when -- we all know you'll be with your ilk on here saying, "We could never have seen it coming!" and, "How could we have known?", and "It's unprecedented! (even though the same thing has happened in the same place and we were warned and ignored the warnings!)".

  • 5

    mukashiyokatta

    How many more reasons do you need -- NO NUKES!

  • 1

    gkamburoff

    Hold the managers and management teams personally responsible, and the leaks will stop. If they do not, make the managers drink that water.

  • 0

    slowguy2

    This is just plain incompetence. There's no other word for it.

  • 0

    mitoguitarman

    They can't get it right in the best of circumstances. In any kind of emergency, look out

  • -1

    nandakandamanda

    Takahama No.3 reactor is for use of MOX.

    The reactor they are trying to restart, ie Takahama No.4, was built in 1985, making it just over 20 years old. It began to leak "as soon as water was injected into a pipe connecting to the reactor’s first cooling system the same day". Wiki

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TakahamaNuclearPower_Plant

  • 0

    WilliB

    Farmboy:

    " Nope. And when it happens again -- and it's not 'if', but when -- we all know you'll be with your ilk on here saying, "We could never have seen it coming!" and, "How could we have known?" "

    I do not know what the rest of my ilk says, but I never said any of these. I was not aware that the plant was dependent out outside power supply for cooling and that backup generators were at ground level where they could be flooded. Plus other surprises such as that they only had a landline for communication... Those are obvious design mistakes, which can be corrected.

    I just do not believe the fairy tale that every "nuke" as some people call them here has a tendency to self-destruct and cause harm of biblical proportions.

  • -1

    nandakandamanda

    Some of these old reactors have now been offline for so long that it would be newsworthy if they DIDN'T leak.

  • 0

    Farmboy

    WilliB,

    That isn't my post that you're quoting just above. I have no idea what your ilk does. In my case, I have two main problems with nukes in Japan. The first is that there are huge earthquakes and tidal waves which, to me, make nukes a bad idea. The largest events may happen only once every 50 years, but preparation for them is difficult. The second is that the nuke industry has a tendency to choose economy over safety time after time, and when accidents happen, they have a tendency to sweep problems under the rug. The design flaw you mention was serious. Maybe that will be corrected in the future, but how many other design flaws are known but not corrected? How many are unknown but have a potential for failure in a disaster? I have no confidence in the industry's ability to self-correct in the case of an expensive problem, and this inability is what keeps being demonstrated.

  • -2

    Goodlucktoyou

    So no information on what radionuclides were released in a reactor complex that produces nuclear weapon materials?

  • 0

    Star-viking

    zones2surf,

    That is utterly and completely missing the point. Which is. After all of these years and fighting to restart reactors, they go and restart them, and a leak occurs. Cause unknown.

    Cause unknown? That is usually the case for any occurrence, until investigation.

    SmithinJapan

    It happened because TEPCO did not listen to all the warnings about such natural disasters.

    As did the whole of Tohoku and Japan.

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    turbotsat

    smithinjapan: It happened because TEPCO did not listen to all the warnings about such natural disasters.

    Star-Viking: As did the whole of Tohoku and Japan.

    The 'whole of Tohoku and Japan' did not put a dangerous facility within reach of a tsunami.

    But aren't they paying for it? Is TEPCO picking up the costs or is Japan?

  • 0

    Star-viking

    turbotsat,

    The 'whole of Tohoku and Japan' did not put a dangerous facility within reach of a tsunami.

    But no measures were taken to protect the tens of thousands who died in the tsunami. TEPCO apparently doesn't listen to apocalyptic warnings from authority, but no one bothers to tell the people of Tohoku - don't you think that odd?

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