The Mainich [English] – Water leaks at Fukushima plant raise questions over plan to store radioactive water
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said on April 9 that radioactive water was leaking from another underground cistern at the crippled Fukushima No. l Nuclear Power Plant, raising serious concerns and questions over whether the utility’s plan to handle ever-increasing radioactive water would be effective.
Radioactive water was found leaking from an underground storage tank to which contaminated water was supposed to be transferred from another underground cistern where leakage was detected over the weekend. Partly because of the influx of underground water, about 400 tons of contaminated water accumulates each day at the nuclear complex. TEPCO, the operator of the crippled nuclear power station, had planned to build water tanks that are relatively easy to set up and use them as “trump cards” for handling polluted water. But the latest revelation of the leakage at another underground cistern at the plant has cast doubt on the feasibility of the plan.
Following the latest discovery of the leakage, the utility unveiled its plan to transfer contaminated water into other storage tanks with a total capacity of 43,000 cubic meters on the premises of the nuclear plant for the time being in an attempt to find a way out of the trouble. . . . (more)
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