Fukushima Faces Another Leak

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (3rd R) is briefed about tanks containing radioactive water by Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant chief Akira Ono (4th L) in front of two tanks (back) which are being dismantled after leaking contaminated water, during his tour to the tsunami-crippled plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan on September 19, 2013. Abe told Fukushima's operator to fix radioactive water leaks as he toured the crippled nuclear plant on September 19, less than two weeks after assuring the world the situation was under control.
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Alex Brown
Oct. 3, 2013, 3:52 a.m.

More ra­dio­act­ive wa­ter has leaked at Fukushi­ma, AP re­ports, after an over­filled stor­age tank spilled over at the crippled nuc­le­ar fa­cil­ity. The con­tam­in­ated wa­ter is be­lieved to have reached the Pa­cific Ocean.

The spill totaled just more than 100 gal­lons, a re­l­at­ively small amount com­pared to the massive leaks that happened in the af­ter­math of the 2011 tsunami that severely dam­aged the plant. But the leak does add to con­cerns about Tokyo Elec­tric Power’s hand­ling of the prob­lem.

The Ja­pan­ese gov­ern­ment is plan­ning to build en­hance­ments to pre­vent leaks from fur­ther spread­ing in­to ground­wa­ter.


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