A cover-up is an attempt, whether successful or not, to conceal evidence of wrongdoing, error, incompetence or other embarrassing information.
But Tepco has clamped down on media coverage. Under the new State Secrets Act, the government could ban—and arrest—all independent media under any conditions at Fukushima, throwing a shroud of darkness over a disaster that threatens us all.
Earilier this year, TEPCO confessed that it had found a pool of highly- radioactive water on the roof of one of its buildings, which had likely been leaking into the sea via a drainage ditch when it rained.
The embattled utility said it had been aware of the leak since April last year, and it stems from the roof of the building of the No. 2 reactor, where it has detected 29,400 becquerels of radioactive cesium per liter at the site of the roof. These readings are more than 10 times higher than readings taken at other sites on the roof, TEPCO said.
TEPCO also said that water containing 52,000 becquerels of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances such as strontium-90, were also detected.
The latest admission comes after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised the International Olympic Committee in September 2013 that all radiation leaks at the tsunami-ravaged plant were “under control.”
As local, national and international fury once again rises at the hapless utility, TEPCO maintained that the contaminated water that has been freely leaking into the Pacific Ocean, does not violate regulations, because the outflow of radiation from the plant is controlled by monitoring radiation levels in sea water, and the Nuclear Regulation Agency (NRA) has not detected a spike in the sea’s radiation.
But experts and skeptics have been quick to point out that the NRA, as Japan’s nuclear watchdog, falls under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment and thus doesn’t work autonomously from the government, who itself has pumped trillions of yen to end the ongoing nuclear crisis at the plant, with the utility now effectively under state control.
Isn’t The First Time, Won’t Be The Last
TEPCO released badly altered image of Fukushima Unit 4
NOW TEPCO Removes Fukushima Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center Main Monitoring Station
Fukushima Dai-ichi MP-9, Fukushima, JP is missing from the radiation monitor stations compared to the year before.
Netc.com is an Early Warning Radiation System that takes data from private radiation monitoring stations and EPA network and creates a RBL ( Radiation Background Level ) for each 3000+ stations everyday.
This is 1-17-2014 | 9 stations
This is 12-25-2015 | 7 stations
This is 12-26-2015 | 8 stations
Maybe TEPCO doesn’t want the public to see the INCREASING numbers.
TEPCO doesn’t have a CLUE what to do.
Check It Out For Youself
Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center http://www.netc.com/
Radiation measurements for on-line viewing, in graphical and map formats. http://radmon.org/
Greenpeace Radiation team independent monitoring of air, soil, and food in the vicinity of the Fukushima nuclear plant. https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=z-e0j5SEYMnw.kkBpVNpx8MG8&hl=en_US
Jet Stream link: http://www.stormsurfing.com/cgi/display … a=glob_250
Wind Map for US: http://hint.fm/wind/
Nuclear Reactor Status: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-colle … us/ps.html