Wednesday, April 4, 2012

#Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Tritium Detected for the First Time in Deep Well

From the 6PM press conference by TEPCO on April 4, 2012 (archived on TEPCO's website):

  • 1.6 x 10^0 becquerels/cubic centimeter of tritium was detected for the first time in the water of the deep well.

  • The level is about the same as that of tritium being detected in the subdrain pits.

  • The well is located at about 500 meters west of the reactors, elevation 30 meters from the sea level, and 20 meters higher than the reactor buildings.

  • Groundwater flows from west to east, so it is unlikely that tritium was from the contaminated water in the reactor/turbine buildings.

I haven't found the data from TEPCO on their site yet, though Matsumoto said it had been published.


Anonymous said...

Collect it for weapons production or just let it flow.
One might doubt this is the first time tritium could be found in the water in Japan.
Welcome to Club Tritium where studies can be based on estimations, based on mouse models, or just compared to external exposure.
Here is a gentleman neighbor of Braidwood-

Anonymous said...

Well, it looks like tritium in groundwater is quite "normal." So nothing to worry about here. [sarcasm off]

Atomfritz said...

Lots of tritiated steam vented from the reactors and pools, and large part will have condensed in the air around the plant, raining down tritium-rich water to the surface. This eventually had to reach groundwater, as it apparently happened now.

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