[ RadSafe ] Another radioative leak at the Fukushima plant
Brennan, Mike (DOH)
Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Thu Feb 20 13:23:11 CST 2014
Well, if it were anywhere but where it is it would be a HUGE deal. I
would say that given where it is it is still something worthy of note
and taking care of. I also believe it is worth doing root cause
analysis on, to find out why it happened and find ways to make sure that
something similar but possibly worse doesn't happen in the future.
It terms of risk to the public, though, you are correct. Even if this
water had reached the ocean it would be hard to calculate the
differential risk to the public (I generally don't keep that many zeroes
at hand). Still, valves being left open and contaminated water spilling
is bad form.
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The key part in all of that was "into a separate holding area". Not
"into the sea", nor "onto someone's dinner plate". Is it just me, or
does this sound like it's not that big a deal?
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> On 21 Feb 2014, at 2:51 am, "Strickert, Rick (Consultant)"
<rstrickert at signaturescience.com> wrote:
> Excerpts from a Reuter's report, "New highly radioactive leak at
Japan's Fukushima plant"
> "TOKYO (Reuters) - The operator of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant
> said on Thursday that 100 metric tons [approx. 100,000 L] of highly
> contaminated water had leaked out of a tank, the worst incident since
> last August, when a series of radioactive water leaks sparked
> international alarm
> "Tepco said water overflowed from a large storage tank at the site
late on Wednesday after a valve had remained open by mistake and sent
too much contaminated water into a separate holding area.
> "Initial measurements of the latest incident showed the leaked water
had a reading of 230 million becquerels per liter [6.2 mCi/L] of
beta-emitting radioactive isotopes, including strontium 90."
> Rick Strickert
> Austin, TX
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