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Fearing Fukushima plant would flood, workers decide to pump the water into the ocean

Kyodo: Fearing Fukushima plant would flood, workers opened barriers — Amount of contamination released ‘unknown’ — TV: Japan media questioning if radioactivity levels were measured before pumping into ocean; Tepco now under investigation.

NHK, Sept. 16, 2013: Workers took water samples from the barriers on Monday to measure the amount of beta-ray emitting radioactive particles. The samples yielded between 3 and 24 becquerels per liter. [...] The utility says it started discharging excess water from the barriers into the ocean at around 12:40 PM on Monday.

Kyodo News, Sept. 16, 2013: The plant operator said it has decided to pump the water into the ocean [...] TEPCO, fearing that heavy rain caused by Typhoon Man-yi could raise the water level and cause flooding, opened the barriers and released the water mainly through drainage ditches.

UPI, Sept. 16, 2013: The area of impact included Fukushima prefecture and its troubled nuclear reactor, where radioactive water was discharged to prevent the complex from flooding, Kyodo News reported.


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Beta = Not a problem

Beta radiation is not an issue unless you are in physical contact, or ingest the material. It's got basically no penetrating capacity. 10cm air, or a tissue, will stop it.

Again, all fuss, no cause except competing interests.

Does anybody know?

If the media is covering all this? If not than everything else that's been going could be a distraction.

three melt downs. right next to the ocean.

and do you know why? the emergency generators were below sea level.... and they got flooded...

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sorry, just had to get that out of my system.

let's at least have some class about it.