According to Natural News, at least 2 trillion becquerels' worth of radioactive material flowed from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean between August 2013 and May 2014. In fact, the plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has admitted this. The rate of release was 10 times higher than TEPCO's pre-meltdown threshold for radioactive material.
A becquerel is a unit for measuring radioactive material that corresponds to one unit of radioactive decay per second. It is a way of describing how much radiation is being emitted by radioactive material, in contrast to measuring the mass or volume of the material itself, the energy carried by the radiation or the biological impact of exposure.
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Water flowing away from the plant enters the bay, where it can then spread into the open ocean. This bay contains a port that is used by the plant to transport materials and equipment.
So much radioactive material has accumulated along the mud of the sea floor at this port that TEPCO is now pursuing a plan to coat the sea floor with cement, to prevent the material from migrating deeper into the ocean. This may make it impossible to ever dredge the port and remove the radioactive material.
"The first priority is to keep the material where it is," said a TEPCO official. "No decision has been made on whether to recover the [radioactive] mud at some point in the future."
TEPCO has already coated several other sections of sea floor, near the outlets of tunnels used to release the radioactive water used to cool the plant immediately following the meltdown.
Work has already begun on a project to coat 50,000 square meters of sea floor near the quay with a cement mixture. The remaining 130,000 square meters will also be coated in several smaller segments. Every part will then be re-coated, to ensure durability of the barrier.
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