L'Humanité in English
Translation of selective papers from the french daily newspaper l'Humanité
decorHome > World > At Fukushima, a Serious Radioactive Leak

EditorialWorldPoliticsEconomySocietyCultureScience & TechnologySportInternational Communist and Labor Press"Tribune libre"Comment and OpinionBlogsLinks
About Nuclear, read also
decorIn Fukushima, Life Remains a Daily Combat decorThe Catastrophe at Fukushima: TEPCO Begins its Confession decorThe Choice Between "Hell and Reason" decorFukushima, Fears are Confirmed decor"To Work at Fukushima, You Have to Be Ready to Die" decorDeath Still Hangs Over Fukushima decorUncertainty as to the Risk of Contamination decorA Terrible Race Against the Clock decorHidekatsu Yoshii: "Earthquake, Tsunami, Nuclear ... a Triple Shock for Japan" decorTepco, Security Sacrificed on the Altar of Profit decorWorst-Case Scenario decorNuclear Energy in China: Necessary but Polluting
About Japan, read also
decorIn Japan, US soldiers commit crimes with complete impunity decorIn Japan, Abe Still Wants to Repeal the Peace Constitution decor"The Catastrophe at Fukushima Has Launched a Series of Democratic Movements" decorFive innocents condemned to death decorAlbert Camus on Hiroshima. War journal of 8 August 1945 decorMoody’s lowers Japan’s credit rating decorThe Undoing and Helplessness of the Stricken Populations is Amplified decorThe Cost in Human Lives Grows decorNew causes for curiosity in Japanese politics decorTokyo-Washington, Not Getting Along Any More? decorJapanese Militarism Comes to Washington’s Rescue

ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: À Fukushima, grave fuite radioactive

by Rosa Moussaoui

At Fukushima, a Serious Radioactive Leak

Translated Saturday 24 August 2013, by Henry Crapo

The leakage of radioactive water was classed as a "grave incident". TEPCO promises a solution.

The Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority has classed the leak as a "serious incident" of level 3 on the international scale of nuclear events. For several days already, the highly radioactive water has been escaping from the storage reservoirs at the Fukushima central production facility, devastated by the earthquake followed by tsunami on 11 March 2011. Officially, 300 tons of contaminated water is said to have spread out, infiltrating the soil. Measures taken above the surface water show a level of radioactivity of 100 millisieverts per hour. The TEPCO company, operators of the central, admit that a worker exposed to this level of radioactivity accumulates in only one hour the maximal dose authorized in five years for nuclear industry workers, according to Japanese legislation. This water, destined to cooling the damaged reactors and the pools for deactivation of nuclear fuel rods, should have been sent through decontamination circuits, but that this system is "under repair", TEPCO made public.

Each new incident confirms the negligence of the multinational company, which sacrificed safety on the altar of profit prior to the catastrophe in 2011. Hundreds of tons of radioactive water have already drained into the Pacific Ocean. And millions of tons of contaminated water are stored on the site, in thousands of reservoirs, no credible scenario for decontamination having been defined. Moreover, 470000 tons of contaminated wreckage have yet to be treated. An environmental disaster behind which emerges a sanitary catastrophe.

On the other side of the balance, only hollow promises. The TEPCO management promises to treat "in all seriousness" the problem of radioactive leakage.

Follow site activity RSS 2.0 | Site Map | Translators’ zone | SPIP