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300 Tons a Day of Nuclear Waste from Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Plant Pours Into Ocean

Posted on: August 8, 2013

Officials in Japan hid the fact that the Fukushima nuclear plant has been pouring hundreds of tons of nuclear waste water into the ocean every day and that a containment barrier has been breached.

On Tuesday the BBC reported Fukushima Radioactive Leak a New Emergency

Japan’s nuclear watchdog has said the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is facing a new “emergency” caused by a build-up of radioactive groundwater.

A barrier built to contain the water has already been breached, the Nuclear Regulatory Authority warned.

This means the amount of contaminated water seeping into the Pacific Ocean could accelerate rapidly, it said.

Last Friday, Energy News reported “Contaminated underground water may have moved above ground” at Fukushima plant

NHK, August 3, 2013: […] TEPCO admitted during the [Friday] meeting that contaminated underground water may have moved aboveground along seawalls that were solidified to stop leakages. TEPCO’s proposals include construction of a new facility to gather underground water flowing toward the seaside of the plant and begin pumping water in late August. Experts in the group urged TEPCO to implement the measures ahead of schedule, citing the seriousness of the problem. […]

Asahi Shimbun, August 3, 2013: […] The immediate concern is radioactive water seeping along the seaward side of the No. 1 to No. 3 reactors and spilling into the sea. […] the water level in observation wells has risen sharply to about 1 meter from the ground’s surface, […] the walls can only be built with their tops at 1.8 meters beneath the surface. That means the water levels in the observation wells have already risen above the top edges. If such a situation continues, the completed barriers will be unable to prevent the water from reaching the ocean. In addition, calculations show that if the water levels continue to rise at the current pace, contaminated water will flood the surface in about three weeks. […]

300 Tons a Day of Nuclear Waste Water Per Day

On Wednesday, Reuters announced Japan says Fukushima leak worse than thought, government joins clean-up

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