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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

(Reuters) - High levels of toxic strontium-90 have been found in groundwater at the devastated Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, the utility that operates the facility said on Wednesday

Water tanks are seen at Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture June 12, 2013. REUTERS/Noboru Hashimoto/Pool




Water tanks are seen at Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture June 12, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Noboru Hashimoto/Pool
TOKYO | Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:25am BST
Strontium-90 is a by-product of the fission of uranium and plutonium in nuclear reactors as well as nuclear weapons, according to the website of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
It was not immediately clear how much of a setback the discovery would be for efforts by Tokyo Electric Power to clean up the plant, which was devastated when an earthquake and tsunami two years ago caused three reactor meltdowns.

Officials from the utility, known as Tepco, told a news conference that testing of groundwater outside the turbine building of reactor No. 2 had shown that the level of strontium-90 had increased by more than 100 times between December 2012 and May this year.

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