TEPCO eyes removal of 60,000 tons of radioactive water from Fukushima nuke plant

April 5th, 2011 - 5:33 pm ICT by ANI  

Tokyo, Apr 5 (ANI): Japan’s Industry Minister Banri Kaieda has said that around 60,000 tons of radioactive water is believed to be flooding the basement of reactor buildings and underground trenches connected to them at the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima nuclear plant.

The Kyodo news agency quoted Kaieda as saying that the plant’s operator is looking for options to remove the liquid obstructing recovery works there.

Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO), which runs the Fukushima Daiichi power station, had begun dumping low-level radioactive water on Monday as an emergency step to secure room for the storage of more highly contaminated water.

TEPCO is reportedly aiming to dispose of a total of 11,500 tons of low-level tainted water by this weekend.

By noon Tuesday, an estimated 3,430 tons of such low radioactive water had been discharged into the Pacific Ocean from the plant on the coast, TEPCO said.

Meanwhile, Kaieda has said yet again that contamination of the sea to be caused by the disposal will pose no major health risk. (ANI)

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