Originally published February 28 2014
New highly radioactive water leak detected at Fukushima nuclear power plant
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) More blunders at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in Japan, now defunct, have led to yet another major environmental disaster, indicate new reports. Workers from the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which owns the shuttered utility, apparently forgot to turn off an overflow valve at an onsite storage tank recently, causing the release of 100 metric tons of highly radioactive water into the ground.
According to Reuters, this latest leak is the worst to occur at the plant since an earlier one back in August which sent some 300 metric tons of contaminated water into the environment unmitigatedly. This earlier event ranked at level three on the seven-point International Nuclear Event Scale (INES), which is considered to be a "serious incident."
In this latest occurrence, a Fukushima storage tank designed to allow for the tapered release of contaminated water into a nearby holding area was improperly monitored, resulting in a continuous release of radioactive waste. And had a worker not just so happened to be walking by and seen water dripping from one of the tank's drains, this major failure could have persisted for far longer.
"We are taking various measures, but we apologize for worrying the public with such a leak," insisted TEPCO spokesman Masayuki Ono, as quoted by Reuters. "Water is unlikely to have reached the ocean as there is no drainage in that tank area."
But the integrity of Ono's statements on behalf of his company are questionable, especially considering that TEPCO has been caught in multiple lies about the severity of the situation at the stricken facility. It was recently discovered, for instance, that TEPCO intentionally withheld data about high levels of strontium-90 detected in an onsite water well.
TEPCO has also repeatedly understated the extent of damage sustained at Fukushima's reactors, three of which experienced complete meltdowns in the days and weeks following the disaster. From the scandal involving TEPCO's alleged alteration of photos to hide cracks at the plant's Unit 4 reactor to the company's repeated denials that anyone would become sick from radiation leaks, TEPCO has proven that the last thing it is concerned about is telling the truth.
WHO aids TEPCO in spreading propaganda about how Fukushima is perfectly safe The World Health Organization (WHO) has also been complicit in the coverup, with the publishing of a report downplaying the severity of the disaster. Just days before the two-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami, WHO told the media that it was likely nobody would become ill from Fukushima radiation, a blatant lie that was picked up and repeated ad nauseum by the mainstream media.
"The extent and quantity of radiation released from the accident has intentionally been suppressed," explains Nuclear-News.com. "[A]nd unless the public can gain access to the highest echelons of governmental secrets, we will never know the full truth of how much radiation was released, where it was deposited and whose health was or will be affected."
WHO has been so bold in asserting that Fukushima is no big deal that the international body actually accused those with reported radiation sickness of having a psychological illness rather than a physical one. If everyone just smiled more often, claims the organization, then the negative health impacts of radiation will diminish.
"These depraved assertions are indicative of the specious and insidious lengths WHO and their media lackeys are prepared to go in order to obfuscate and cover-up what is one of the most severe threats to human health in modern history."
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