"TEPCO has revised the readings on the radioactivity levels at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant well to 5 million becquerels of strontium per liter – both a record, and nearly five times higher than the original reading of 900,000 becquerels per liter.
Strontium-90 is a radioactive isotope of strontium produced by nuclear fission with a half-life of 28.8 years. The legal standard for strontium emissions is 30 becquerels per liter. Exposure to strontium-90 can cause bone cancer, cancer of nearby tissues, and leukemia.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. originally said that the said 900,000 becquerels of beta-ray sources per liter, including strontium - were measured in the water sampled on July 5 last year.
However, the company noted on Friday that the previous radioactivity levels had been wrong, meaning that it was also likely reading taken from the other wells at the disaster-struck plant prior to September were also likely to have been inaccurate, the Asahi Shimbum newspaper reported.
The Japanese company has already apologized for the failures, which they said were a result of the malfunctioning of measuring equipment."
Well, they've already apologized. That will be a big comfort to the potentially millions of people who will die as a result of TEPCO's behavior. And let it be noted that, as I have reported before, the measuring equipment did not malfunction. It didn't go any higher than 900,000 becquerels per liter. Even though they knew this perfectly well, it apparently never occurred to them that the fact that their equipment was showing the maximum possible, the actual radiation might be higher. So now, as the article reported, the current level is a mere 166,000 times the legal standard.
And lest you think I am solely holding TEPCO and the Japanese government solely responsible for this monstrous behavior, this has been the standard whenever there is a nuclear power disaster- endless lying by the companies involved and the government agencies charged with their oversight, which has but one purpose: to preserve corporate profits regardless of the expense in human suffering.
This is but one more concrete demonstration that the entire nuclear power industry should be dismantled. Instead, of course, they will continue with this insane conduct, and when disaster does occur, as usual, we will be expected to pick up the tab.