Fix Radioactive Leaks at Nuclear Disaster Site


Target: Naomi Hirose, President of Tokyo Electric Power Company

Goal: Stop the ongoing radioactive leaks at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and resume cleanup efforts

A corroded pipe at Japan’s doomed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which melted down several years ago, continues to leak radioactive water into the ocean and groundwater, delaying further cleanup of the site. Little has gone according to plan with cleanup efforts following the 2011 meltdown. Although the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has known about the radioactive leak for almost a year, the pipe continues pose a hazard to human health and the environment.

In November, 2013 TEPCO discovered that 3.2 tons radioactive water were leaking from a primary containment vessel in plant every hour, according to Natural News. A remote investigation revealed that the source of the leak is a damaged pipe, which was most likely corroded by seawater used in an emergency attempt to cool reactors while the initial meltdown was in progress. This massive leak has been spreading radioactivity into the Pacific Ocean, and plant operators have expressed concerns that there may be others. In addition, rainwater and groundwater are seeping into the basement of the reactor buildings, mixing with the cooling water and causing containment vessels to overflow further contaminating the site.

The leak in this pipe is serious enough to require postponing further cleanup of the badly damaged plant. Ongoing contamination poses an atrocious hazard to health and safety and must be dealt with immediately. It is unacceptable that two years after the Fukushima meltdown cleanup is not nowhere near completed, and that new accidents continue to release additional radioactive material into the environment. Demand that TEPCO fix this leak and immediately resume cleaning up the Fukushima site.


Dear Ms. Hirose,

Long after the meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi new problems at the site continue to result in widespread contamination, thwarting cleanup efforts. Most recently a corroded pipe was found leaking radioactive water into the ocean and groundwater. Although TEPCO has known about the leak for almost a year, the pipe continues to pose a hazard to the public.

Every hour 3.2 tons of radioactive water leaks from a primary containment vessel, spreading radioactivity into the Pacific Ocean. The leak in this pipe is significant enough to prevent cleanup efforts from proceeding. It is unacceptable that two years after the meltdown at Fukushima new accidents continue to thwart cleanup efforts. I must insist that TEPCO fix this leak and continue decontaminating and decommissioning Fukushima Daiichi.


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  1. Lucy Kelly says:

    Tepco is run by idiots! They should do whatever is necessary to stop this emergency!

  2. On top of this dangerous mess, we have brain dead US politicians (GOP of course) pressing for more nuclear reactors to be approved and built here. Nobody learns anything.

  3. Grace Adams says:

    We need to rethink our use of energy altogether. Efficiency and making do with less will need to be a large part of this. We also need to replace coal, oil, gas, and nuclear power with clean renewable energy. Coal is now selling for less than it would cost to capture the CO2 from burning coal. And we are not doing much of anything about capturing CO2.

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