TEPCO consultant Dale Klein told Der Spiegel that the ongoing water crisis at Fukushima Daiichi will be an ongoing problem for another decade. The plant will be out of tanks in November on top of the dire need to replace all of the bolt together tanks at the plant since they were discovered to be leaking already.
Generating even more water for at least another ten years is not good news. Work will begin next month on experiments to establish a frozen underground wall around the reactor buildings. Efforts to replace the leaking tanks has yet to be funded. Survey work around the plant grounds have found contaminated groundwater to be widespread. Partially due to the leaking reactor buildings and also due to leaking ponds and tanks up on the hill. This water will be even harder to contain.
How the government and TEPCO will prevent more sea contamination for the next decade remains a considerable challenge. Contamination retained in the soil and water at the plant will contribute to what will be a permanent disaster site that will be impossible to every fully clean up.
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