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Friday, 21 June 2013

Japan Orders Tepco to Build Underground Wall at Fukushima Plant


The Japanese government ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. to build an underground wall at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to prevent groundwater from flowing into basements of reactor buildings.
The government plans to set up a task force with Tokyo Electric, construction companies and plant makers by the end of June to discuss the details, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi said today in Tokyo. He made the remarks at a meeting with Naomi Hirose, the utility’s president, which was open to reporters.
Members of the media and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) employees, wearing protective suits and masks, walk towards the common spent fuel facility during a visit to the company's Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, on March 6, 2013. Photographer: Issei Kato/Pool via Bloomberg

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too little too late tepco.....
Tepco has struggled with handling of contaminated water at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant after a quake and tsunami in March 2011 caused three meltdowns and radiation leaks. The plant site, 220 kilometers (137 miles) northeast of Tokyo, is running out of space to store radioactive water due to inflowing groundwater, raising concerns the operator will dump it into the ocean.

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