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Friday, June 3, 2011

Japan : TEPCO needs to store 100,000 tons of tainted water

Via NHK News :

" Tokyo Electric Power Company says more than 100,000 tons of highly radioactive water has been leaked from the damaged reactors of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The operator warns that the water may overflow later this month during the rainy season and says it is struggling to find a place to store the water after filtering.

The basements of the first 4 reactor buildings are full of water that was injected to cool down the damaged reactors.

The situation is hampering efforts to achieve the ultimate goal of stabilizing the reactors.

TEPCO says 16,200 tons of water has been leaked outside Number One, 24,600 tons at Number 2, 28,100 tons at Number 3 and 22,900 tons at Number 4. It says another 13,300 tons of water has already been moved to a storage facility.

It says the 105,100 tons of water contains an estimated 720,000 terabecquerels of radioactive substances. Tera stands for one trillion.

On June 15th, TEPCO plans to start using equipment that can filter 1,200 tons of toxic water a day. In mid-August, it will also install an underground storage tank that can hold 100,000 tons of highly radioactive water.

TEPCO fears that the toxic water could overflow if the filter fails to work. It plans to secure more storage facilities."

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