Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) found tritium levels in the groundwater at the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear power facility higher than the safety standards set by the government, but this was not the problem. The problem is that they released the information to the public only after almost 3 weeks have passed since they acquired the data, putting more pressure to an already suffering image the utility company has with the Japanese public.
On June 19, TEPCO revealed that it detected 500,000 becquerels of tritium per liter of ground water, eight times the legal limit. It also disclosed that 1,000 becquerels of strontium were detected in the same water, 30 times the safe limit. According to timeline data, the water samples were taken the well on the side of the turbine buildings for the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors on May 24. Analysis results became available to plant officials on May 31 and shared within the company on June 14. These were released to the public on June 19, over two weeks after the same information was made available to TEPCO plant officials.
This disaster cannot be contained. There is ongoing leakage. The storage containers are leaking. The ground water is contaminated.
- TEPCO withheld Fukushima groundwater contamination data for weeks (japandailypress.com)
- Level of radioactive tritium rising in harbor at Fukushima plant (japantimes.co.jp)
- Radiation Levels Skyrocket at Fukushima (usahitman.com)
- Strontium in groundwater at No. 1 soars (japantimes.co.jp)