NRA Tells TEPCO To Reduce Radioactive Water In Reactor Buildings At Fukushima

tanksNRA has instructed TEPCO to deal with the radioactive water in the reactor building basements at Fukushima Daiichi. The request included reducing the radioactive contamination in the water and also the volume. The addition of more holding tanks was included in the request.

NRA appears to be concerned with contaminated water leaking out of the reactor buildings or being flushed out by a tsunami at the plant. Current ground water levels around the reactor buildings had trended downward but also appeared to be strongly influenced by the amounts of rain at a given time.

If TEPCO were to remove all of the contaminated water they would need enough storage tanks to hold 61,600 tons of water. This also could be problematic as unit 1 is known to have fuel fragments and possibly corium in the torus room on the basement level. Draining that water could create other problems.

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