More Radioactive Water Leaks in Japan

Friday, February 21, 2014 @ 04:02 PM gHale

Radioactive water leaked out from a holding tank at Japan’s beleaguered Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said Thursday.

The leak of an estimated 100 metric tons of highly contaminated water ended up discovered late Wednesday, Tepco said.

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The tainted water flowed over a barrier around the tank and is absorbing into the ground, Tepco said. The plant shut off the inflow of water into the tank and the leaking has stopped, the company said.

Tepco does not think there was any leakage of the radioactive water into the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Since the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan in March 2011 set off meltdowns at three of the reactors at the nuclear plant, Tepco has been storing the enormous volumes of water contaminated at the site in a steadily growing collection of containers.

The company has struggled to manage the vast amounts of radioactive water, with a number of leaks reported last year.

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