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Sunday, 16 February 2014

U.N. AGENCY EYES FLUSHING MORE FUKUSHIMA-CONTAMINATED WATER

fukushima-oceanby Diane Barnes / NTI.org / February 14, 2014 / The U.N. nuclear watchdog urged Japan to weigh dumping radioactive water from its Fukushima plant to help control the fluid’s “enormous” quantity.
Japan should consider “all options” to manage radiation-tainted fluid from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, “including the possible resumption of controlled discharges to the sea,” the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report prepared at Japan’s request and made public on Thursday. A 2011 earthquake and tsunami led to meltdowns in three of the six reactors at the facility overseen by Tokyo Electric Power, and the plant operator has applied massive quantities of water since that time to help cool overheating components.
More than 132 million gallons of contaminated water had amassed on the facility’s grounds as of late last year, and about a fifth of that amount was inside basements and other structures, the Vienna-based U.N. agency said in its report.

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