(Subscription Only) Title: TEPCO to dump groundwater to ease crisis at Fukushima nuclear plant
Source: Asahi Shimbun
Date: May 8, 2013
After a series of blunders, miscalculations and unresolved problems, Tokyo Electric Power Co. adopted a new strategy to avoid a total collapse of its system for handling radioactive water at its crippled nuclear plant. [...]
[...] it plans to pump up groundwater before it can enter the facilities and become contaminated.
“We would like to release that water into the ocean if we can gain the understanding of the relevant officials” [...]
[...] If approval is obtained, the utility plans to start dumping the pumped-up water into the ocean the following day.
“We would like to cooperate in settling the situation by giving our approval once safety has been confirmed,” Tetsu Nozaki, chairman of the federation of prefectural fisheries cooperatives, said.
400 tons of groundwater flow into the reactor buildings on a daily basis and mixes with the radioactive water. [...] 300 tons of groundwater would still flow into the reactor buildings every day even after TEPCO starts pumping up the water through the wells.
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Published: May 8th, 2013 at 11:23 am ET