Fukushima Leak Upgraded To Level 3 Severity

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    TOKYO — Japan's nuclear regulator on Wednesday upgraded the rating of a leak of radiation-contaminated water from a tank at its tsunami-wrecked nuclear plant to a "serious incident" on an international scale, and it castigated the plant operator for failing to catch the problem earlier.
    The Nuclear Regulation Authority's latest criticism of Tokyo Electric Power Co. came a day after the operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant acknowledged that the 300-ton (300,000-liter, 80,000-gallon) leak probably began nearly a month and a half before it was discovered Aug. 19.
    In a meeting with agency officials Tuesday night, TEPCO said radioactivity near the leak and exposure levels among patrolling staff started to increase in early July. There is no sign that anyone tried to find the source of that radioactivity before the leak was discovered.
    On Wednesday, regulatory officials said TEPCO has repeatedly ignored their instructions to improve their patrolling procedures to reduce the risk of overlooking leakages. They also said TEPCO underestimated the potential impact of the leak because underground water is shallower around the tank than the company initially told regulators.
    Earlier this week, Japan's industry minister said the government will take over cleanup efforts.
    The authority originally gave a Level 1 preliminary rating – an "anomaly," to the tank leak. Last week the authority proposed raising that to Level 3 – a "serious incident" – and it made that change after consulting with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
    The IAEA's ratings are designed to inform the international community, and changing them does not affect efforts to clean up the leak by the government and TEPCO. The 2011 Fukushima disaster itself was rated the maximum of 7 on the scale, the same as the 1986 Chernobyl accident.
    "What's important is not the number itself but to give a basic idea about the extent of the problem," said authority chairman Shunichi Tanaka. "I've seen reports that this is a dire situation but that's not true."
    Tanaka said there is a much larger ongoing problem at the plant: massive amounts of contaminated ground water reaching the sea. But that problem cannot even be rated under the IAEA's International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale because it is unknown exactly how much ground water is escaping, how contaminated it is and what effect it is having on the sea and marine products.
     
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    nuclear radiation into the pacific ocean, what's the big deal!?

    i'm sure TEPCO saved a lot of money not building those walls a few inches up to recommended specifications.

    regulation is evil. the free market wins!!!


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    Please be more of an uninformed idiot. You want more regulation? From who? The government? You do realize that the Fukushima plant was approved that close to the shore by the government because of political corruption?

    In a free market the people living near there might have had a say in a nuclear plant being built in their area. But the Japanese government just trampled everyone and built a nuclear plant near the largest source of water on the planet.....the ocean. You think regulation actually works when it is the government doing it? The government just makes it worse as they are so powerful that they can shield corporations from responsibility.
     
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    your first mistake is implying that the government and corporations are separate entities. so blame the hitmen and say that al capone is an angel? you want to live in a truly free market society, move to Somalia or Liberia.

    that reactor was ran by a corporation. the soul purpose of a corporation is to make $$. so long as politicians are getting paid off, most people are fucked.

    what are you proposing? that the japanese work insane hours, raise families and write and enforce policy?

    people that live next to the reactor expect the government to make sure that it's not it's not going to fail.


    not all regulation is bad. if you have children, i hope they eat some lead paint chips from their cheap, unregulated, chinese toys.
     
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    This is not going to be good for pescatarians.
     
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