Title: Defect could affect all radioactive water storage tanks at Fukushima plant
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Author: By SHUNSUKE KIMURA
Date: April 08, 2013
Defect could affect all radioactive water storage tanks at Fukushima plant
Tokyo Electric Power Co. suspects two leaks of radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant were caused by shoddy workmanship to install devices to detect such spillage.
The latest problem at the stricken plant suggests that the defect could cause leaks at the five other underground water storage tanks because they all have the same structure. [...]
“We are giving priority to the No. 2 tank, whose conditions are worse,” a TEPCO official said. “We are not leaving the No. 3 tank unattended.” [...]
[...] contamination could affect the entire area if leaked water mixes with groundwater. [...]
TEPCO planned to pump up groundwater and release it into the sea before it enters the reactor buildings. That plan would be meaningless if the groundwater is already contaminated.
Published: April 8th, 2013 at 12:20 pm ET