On August 6, 2013, the Wall Street Journal reported that leaks from Fukushima are a “massive public health issue.” On that same day, TEPCO admits, “this is extremely serious – we are unable to control radioactive water from seeping out of the Fukushima plant.”
On August 7, the New York Times reported that 400 tons of radioactive water has been leaking into the Pacific Ocean each day for many months – maybe since the March 2011 triple whammy, and that TEPCO has admitted to lying about the situation.
TEPCO says that the situation is bleak and out of their control. The Japanese government decides to step in.
On August 8, I looked for news about Fukushima. The Daily Beast was reporting on a waffle that “could save America”. Other headlines from other “news” sources were equally inane.
The silence scares me more than the news does.
Visiting various sites around the web, there are rumors that the Japanese public is upset that the government and TEPCO officials are meeting behind closed doors. There is no “transparency” about what is happening, what might be done, what the scenarios are, etc.
The list of stuff being leaked into the ocean sounds like a chemical cocktail. Things like:
None of these things are particularly benign. Strontium gets into bones, making it a particular concern, but really, none of what is being emitted into the Pacific Ocean and the atmosphere is good news for a healthy planet and we still don’t know the whole story.
Japan is a first world nation. If it collapses, this is going to have worldwide implications.
So, no need for the press to cover this or anything. No need for information.