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Saturday, 10 August 2013

TEPCO starts pumping out toxic groundwater from Fukushima plant : Japan Today


TEPCO starts pumping out toxic groundwater from Fukushima plantOfficials inspect a facility to prevent leaking of contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi plant on August 6, 2013AFP

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant said Saturday it has started pumping out radioactive groundwater to reduce leakage into the Pacific ocean.
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) began the work after it admitted last month that radioactive groundwater had been seeping out of the plant, confirming long-held suspicions that the sea was being contaminated.
The company said it pumped out 13 tons of groundwater from a well between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday.
By mid-August, TEPCO plans to complete a new system enabling it to pump out 100 tons of groundwater a day. The water will be filtered and recycled to cool the reactors.
But there are growing fears that existing facilities will soon be overwhelmed, as TEPCO scrambles to find ways to process and store waste water.
Too little, too late.
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