TEPCO Begins Dumping Contaminated Water Into The Sea

TEPCO has begun dumping groundwater pumped out of a set of wells inland from the reactors into the Pacific. TEPCO dumped 200 tons of groundwater yesterday as a test. They claim it has the same radiation level as nearby rivers but did not say what that level was or the actual substances in the water.

Previous tests of the well water detected tritium and cesium but at low levels.

TEPCO still needs to gain the approval of the government and local fishing groups before continued groundwater dumping can begin.

TEPCO also admitted that the radiation levels at the edge of the plant grounds could go up. They cited the transfer of highly radioactive water in one of the leaking ponds as the source. The water is being moved to above ground metal tanks and apparently caused enough of a rise in radiation for TEPCO to issue the warning.

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