TEPCO Admits Recent Leaks Came From Contaminated Water Tanks

TEPCO admitted that water recently leaked from the H4 tank farm is loose in the groundwater at the plant. Monitoring wells installed downstream after the first major leak from these tanks, found a spike to 11,000 bq/liter in well E-9.

Earlier in the last month, a drainage canal nearby alarmed when highly radioactive water was found in it but TEPCO insisted this had nothing to do with the nearby tanks. Now TEPCO is admitting contaminated water leaked out of a weir intended to catch rainwater overflow.

Tent type covers over the tank groupings could lower the rainwater problem. TEPCO has opted not to install this technology at the plant, causing ongoing problems with rainwater adding to the contaminated water problem.



TEPCO handout


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