AP: “Major source” of ocean contamination from Fukushima not revealed — Nuclear waste exits from cracks in reactor buildings, then goes into Pacific — Never enters groundwater, flows directly through ground

Published: September 4th, 2013 at 3:29 pm ET
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Title: A look at the radioactive water leaks at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, and the risks
Source: Associated Press
Date: Sept. 4, 2013

[...] Q: How much radiation-contaminated water is leaking into the sea?

A: Experts estimate at least 300 tons every day. And that’s just from one of two major sources: groundwater that flows through contaminated maintenance tunnels and pits on site. Water with even higher levels of radiation is believed to be escaping through cracks in the basements of the damaged nuclear reactors and their turbines and slowly making its way through the ground to the sea. Exactly how much is unknown. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co., or TEPCO, even says there is no clear evidence of any leaks, though it acknowledges that possibility. [...]

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Published: September 4th, 2013 at 3:29 pm ET
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