26 December 2013, 12:14

Has NSA concealed Fukushima meltdown from military?

Has NSA concealed Fukushima meltdown from military?

After over 50 US Navy sailors who served about the USS Ronald Reagan and other Navy ships responding to the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan reported they had got cancer and other radiation-linked diseases, the question arises whether the NSA intercepted phone and e-mail communications from the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).

The question of whether the NSA knew that TEPCO concealed the fact of the multi-reactor meltdown at a time when the Pentagon sent the sailors to Japan needs to be answered.

It would be hard to imagine that the NSA – the US spy agency – was unable to use surveillance technology and Japanese translators to monitor the unfolding TEPCO catastrophe.

It is not clear whether the Navy got updates about Fukushima from the NSA and who was responsible.

Sickened sailors and their families want the administration to answer their questions, as, according to the Fox News Channel, a lawsuit against TEPCO is moving forward.

The Navy’s decision to send ships to the area around Fukushima could trigger another Obama -linked scandal, at a time when his approval ratings are reaching new lows.

This case also raises serious questions about whether the NSA was properly performing its mission to protect US troops from overseas threats at a time when the spy agency appeared preoccupied with eavesdropping on the American people, violating the US Constitution.

Christmas radioactive present from Fukushima: tons of toxic water leak, contaminate soil

Bad news keep on coming from crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station. Apparently it continues to bring harm on the environment. Up to 225 tons of radioactive water likely leaked from two more storage tank areas, seeping into the surrounding soil, Tokyo Electric Power Compoany (TEPCO) reported on Christmas Eve.

The two areas are located to the west of the No. 4 reactor building. Water levels have dropped inside walled areas in which storage tanks for radioactive water are located, indicating that up to 225 tons of tainted water may have seeped into the ground, TEPCO officials said.

The utility said this appears to be the largest amount of radioactive rainwater escaping to date from the barriers around tanks holding contaminated water.

Water samples collected Friday contained 20 becquerels of strontium-90 per liter in one of the two areas and 440 becquerels in the other, higher than Tepco’s provisional limit of less than 10 becquerels for water that can be released from storage tank areas.

TEPCO plans to apply nonpermeable resin on the inside of the barriers to block future leaks.

The news came after Tepco reported radioactive water leaks from two other tank areas over the weekend.

The Fukushima plant suffered multiple meltdowns following a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and huge tsunami in March 2011. Hundreds of tanks were built around the six-reactor complex to store massive amounts of contaminated water coming from the three melted reactors, as well as underground water running into reactor and turbine basements. TEPCO has decided to decommission all the reactors at the facility, with the four already put in the decommissioning process.

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Voice of Russia, The Asahi Shimbun, South China Morning Post, Japan Daily Press, Washington Times

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