TEPCO has yet again changed their statements on cesium contamination in the groundwater testing at the plant. Efforts to gain approval from local fishing groups and environmentalists to dump this water into the sea have been a primary public focus of the company in recent months.
TEPCO has stopped reporting in English with the exception of the status of water storage and the groundwater issue. The Japanese website holds slightly more information but most reporting of activities at the plant has stopped. We do know from monitoring the web cam that work to remove debris at unit 3 has been progressing and work near the common pool continues.
On the groundwater issue TEPCO reported no cesium was found in May, then in early June they admitted finding cesium in the groundwater wells. Now they claim the level is much lower. This wasn’t the first time cesium was found in the wells, it was found back in April but not well publicized. TEPCO was also recently “educated” by the NRA on proper analysis of samples after it was found they were incorrectly calculating for the background radiation at a lab on site at Daiichi. NRA urged them to retest samples at their labs at other facilities with less environmental radiation. Now they want a do-over on the cesium levels yet again. The bigger questions are does anyone believe anything TEPCO says and are they really competent enough to be running the work at the plant.
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