TEPCO Official Declares State of Emergency at Fukushima


Japanese official says that radioactive water is in danger of breaking a final safety barrier and reaching the grounds surface.

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By JG Vibes
Just days after the Japanese government suggested that residents around Fukushima could return to their homes, a TEPCO official has declared a state of emergency saying that things could become worse than ever at the plant.
Over the years since the disaster initially occurred there have been mixed signals from the governments of the world and their affiliated scientific organizations.  However most independent investigations have shown that things are far more serious than the media has been telling the public.
According to Reuters:
“Radioactive groundwater at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has likely risen above an underground barrier meant to contain it, presenting an “emergency” that the plant’s operator is not sufficiently addressing, a regulatory watchdog official said on Monday.
This contaminated groundwater is likely seeping into the sea, exceeding legal limits of radioactive discharge, and a workaround planned by Tokyo Electric Power Co will only forestall the growing problem temporarily, Shinji Kinjo, head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority task force, told Reuters.”
“Right now we have a state of emergency,” Kinjo said, saying there is a“rather high possibility” that the radioactive wastewater has breached the barrier and is rising towards the ground’s surface”
“If you build a wall, of course the water is going to accumulate there. And there is no other way for the water to go but up or sideways and eventually lead to the ocean,” said Masashi Goto, a retired Toshiba Corp nuclear engineer who worked on several Tepco plants. “So now, the question is how long do we have?”
Many of the people who have been invited back to Fukushima have been watching this situation closely and are actually refusing to return to their homes.  Locally the people who have had their lives torn apart by this disaster do not underestimate the potential danger and they put little faith in the promises of government organizations and corporate media.

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