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TEPCO Using Secondhand Tanks to Store Radioactively Contaminated Water

Business  (tags: money, environment, energy, TEPCO, Fukushima, corporate, dishonesty )

- 1791 days ago -
Roughly 20 or more of the water tanks holding radioactively contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant are secondhand, it has been learned -- a fact that plant owner Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) had not previously disclosed.


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David F (14)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 6:54 am
if it weren't so sad it'd be utterly ridiculous and laughable how our most revered (and presumably much-better paid than even the proverbial rocket scientists) nuclear engineers are 'handling' matters ...

ad TEPCO: what else to expect from a company that didn't even have enough dosimeters (a ~$ 0.1 item) for every worker ...

David F (14)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 6:57 am
i wish someone (like greenpiss or Friends-of-the-Earth) would have ships cruising along Fukushima's coast and try to estimate how much radioisotopes are being washed into the ocean from the corium of units #1+2+3 by the ground-water-stream those ultra-morons build their reactors on

Sue H (7)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 8:25 am
TEPCO has handled this whole thing badly from the git go. Why they would use second hand tanks to save money instead of paying for something that would insure the safety of the land and the people boggles the mind. :(

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 8:26 am

Ben O (128)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 10:13 am
TEPCO...??? -What a surprise!

Shirley A (96)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 1:03 pm
The HUGE problem is this is not just harming the local area because of greed driven, inept, immoral decisions by the local "government" and Japan, that would be horrendous enough but it is and will continue now in perpetuity to damage and harm the entire earth and all of us.

NO NUKES anywhere, there is NOT a way to clean up and protect people and the environment from these horrid and forever lasting accidents and there is not a reason in this world why solar and wind conversions cannot be put in place and instead of nuclear power. It's been done in many, many countries with huge success and minimal harm to environment and wildlife at the sites where they are installed. We probably will never have power sources that do not somehow damage our living environment but the sane and common sense approach should be to do the lest harm to this planet and people as possible with intelligent, knowledgeable, experienced professionals at the forefront.


Marie-Helene Z (31)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 2:36 pm
Stupidity is endless :o( Thank you so much for sharing

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 4:25 pm
I agree Stupid! Thanks Naoko

Judy C (91)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 8:44 pm
TEPCO's decisions have been incredibly stupid and incompetent. In spite of everything that has happened, I saw a news story on TV a couple of days ago that said Japan is preparing to restart two nuclear plants! Thanks, Naoko.

Debra G (0)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 1:54 am
Didn't know about the August 2013 leak, either. Thanks, Naoko.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 9:56 am
Most people don't even realize that the reactors are still leaking and still spewing radiation into the air and sea. This is an ongoing crisis and is much worse than Chernobyl. We need to shut down all nuclear power until they can guarantee 100% their safety and solve the waste storage problems. Fukushima is still in danger of collapse and still in danger of more meltdowns.

Hartson Doak (39)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 11:06 am
The short term think was to store the water for future treatment. Every tank that could be used was needed. They put even the questionable tanks into service. Now all the tanks are full and Tepco is trying to stop the tons of radioactive water from pouring into the Pacific. This is like standing in the ocean and commanding the tides to stop. This should be the hard lesson that Chernobyl didn't teach us. As a former quality Control Nuclear Inspectot, I am fully aware of the stupidity of nuclear power. I move to the Hawaiian islands to put me and my family as far from a nuke as possible.

Roger G (148)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 11:08 am
noted, thanks

Birgit W (160)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 1:49 pm
Jamie Clemons says it all. All nuclear power plants have to be shut down.

Eternal Gardener (734)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 6:07 pm
It's a big mess and with all the cover-ups and governmentled + pro-nuclear agencies reports (lies!) the wider community isn't aware of the global consequences that will unfold over the years to come... BAD :(

Cathy K (0)
Friday July 25, 2014, 1:14 am

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Friday July 25, 2014, 1:41 am
Noted. Thank you, Naoko.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Friday July 25, 2014, 3:58 pm
Oh, sure. This makes perfect sense, The water is contaminated, so why waste perfectly good new tanks on it when both water and tanks will have to be thrown away anyway? (Please note sarcasm font.)

Robert O (12)
Monday July 28, 2014, 10:17 am
Scary and discouraging. Thanks Naoko.
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