That’s right; nearly 10,000 people almost half of all the people who have worked at the Fukushima meltdown sites since the Tsunami are eligible for Leukemia compensation if they develop the disease in the next year or so and if that is not enough it has now come out that the groundwater which is highly radioactive due to FOUR continuing meltdowns is rising due to the attempts to cool the reactors down and keep it contained and it just became 47 times more .
Nearly 10,000 people who worked at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are eligible for workers’ compensation if they develop leukemia, but few are aware of this and other cancer redress programs.
According to figures compiled by plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. in July, 9,640 people who worked at the plant between March 11, 2011, when the nuclear accident started, and Dec. 31 that year were exposed to 5 millisieverts or more of radiation.
Workers can receive compensation if they are exposed to 5 millisieverts or more per year and develop leukemia one year after they began working at the plant.
TEPCO figures showed that 19,592 people worked at the Fukushima No. 1 plant during the nine-month period and were exposed to 12.18 millisieverts on average.
this from an English language Japanese site hence the bad English:
The most urging issue in Fukushima nuclear plant is the rising groundwater level on seaside of reactor2.
Tepco stated they are going to pump it up from this weekend but it’s not decided how to treat the water.
If they stock the water in the tank, they would have to process additional 100~150 tones of contaminated water every single day.
It is estimated Tepco would run out of the storage facility by mid November.
Tepco may lose a part of the plant area.
This is the matter of the world.
However, Tepco hasn’t published the groundwater level data for 5 days.
The last data they published was the one of 8/1/2013. and it was only about one of the four locations.
Radioactivity levels soared 47-fold over just five days in groundwater from a monitoring well on the ocean side of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the plant operator said Aug. 5.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said 56,000 becquerels of radioactive substances, including strontium, were detected per liter of groundwater sampled on Aug. 5 in the “No. 1-5” monitoring well, which is adjacent to the turbine building for the No. 1 reactor. The previous measurement for the well water was made on July 31.
Highly radioactive water has been detected for some time in groundwater near reactor and turbine buildings of the nuclear plant. A record high level of 900,000 becquerels per liter was found in early July in water taken from a different monitoring well.
TEPCO has been struggling to deal with the enormous amounts of water used to cool the damaged reactors and block the flow of contaminated water into the ocean.