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Duct tape 'sealing' Fukushima radiated water, workers say

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Fukushima radiation is being held back with duct tape, a standard operating procedure, according to workers interviewed this weekend.

The "use of adhesive tape was a usual practice to deal with the problem of sealing in radioactive water," a Fukushima worker said, according to Russia Today.

“I couldn’t believe that such slipshod work was being done, even if it was part of stopgap measures,” Yoshitatsu Uechi told The Asahi Shimbun.

According to the 48-year-old Japanese man, one of 17 workers from Okinawa Prefecture sent to work at crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in 2012 to create new places to store contaminated water, the use of duct tape was not the only oddity.

He was also ordered to use only four bolts to seal back radioactive water where there were eight holes for bolts.

Uechi said workers were sent to various places in Fukushima, including one called H3 with high radiation levels. They were supplied with makeshift cost-cutting materials and even second-hand materials to hold back the radiation.

In one of those cases in October 2012, Uechi was given a task to cover five or six storage tanks without lids in the “E” area close to H3 as it was raining, the Japanese paper reported. When he climbed to the top of the 10-meter-high tank Uechi found white adhesive tape covering an opening of about 30 centimeters. After using a blade to remove the tape he applied a sealing agent on the opening and fit a steel lid fastening it with bolts. According to instructions he was to use four bolts, though the lid had eight bolt holes. (Russia Today)

Water to reportedly "cool" the reactors has been leaking into soil, contaminating ground water at the nuclear facility, escaping into the Pacific Ocean and has now hit the west coast of the U.S.

The Fukushima whistleblower said that along with duct tape to hold back the radiation, wire nets, instead of reinforcing bars, were used while placing concrete for storage tank foundations.

Instead of using sealing agent, waterproof sheets were applied along joints in flange-type cylindrical tanks to save on sealing agent used to join metal sheets of the storage tanks.

Rain and snow had washed away the anti-corrosive agent applied around clamping bolts, reducing the sealing effect, Uechi said.

The plant's "steam is carrying considerable amounts of radiation into the atmosphere and represents an ongoing radiation hazard,” nuclear expert Arnie Gunderson of Fairewinds Energy Education posted on Facebook this weekend.

These hot radioactive steamed releases have been occurring over the entire 33 months of the ongoing nuclear catastrophe.

A March 2011 earthquake triggered a tsunami that hit Japan’s coast, damaging TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The catastrophe caused three nuclear reactors at the facility to meltdown, leading to the worst nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl.

In August, TEPCO detected 2.35 billion becquerels of cesium per liter in the water located in underground passages leaking into groundwater through cracks in drainage tunnels. The normal level is estimated at 150 becquerels of cesium per liter, according to EU.

Fallout researcher Christina Consolo told Russia Today that contaminated water at the plant is very difficult to resolve.

“The water build-up is an extraordinarily difficult problem in and of itself, and as anyone with a leaky basement knows, water always 'finds a way,’ as “the site has been propped up with duct tape and a kick-stand for over two years.

In an unprecedented crime against humanity, the Japanese government and the Obama administration have covered up the human lethality of the catastrophe. [Watch the latest video on this coverup on this page.]

Who is ultimately in control of this criminal activity?

The U.S. Navy boasts of now "controlling 75 percent of the world's waterways."

The U.S. Navy is also conducting a 5-Year Weapons Testing Program, including in the Pacific Ocean, during which it had planned to massacre millions of sea life animals.

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