Title: Tepco Faces Decision to Dump Radioactive Water in Pacific Ocean
Author: Tsuyoshi Inajima
Date: Apr 11, 2013 11:01 AM ET
Tepco Faces Decision to Dump Radioactive Water in Pacific Ocean
[Tepco]’s discovery of leaks in water storage pits at the wrecked Fukushima atomic station raises the risk the utility will be forced to dump radioactive water in the Pacific Ocean.
Leaks were found in three of seven pits in the past week, reducing the options for moving contaminated water from basements of reactor buildings. [...]
Not Ruled Out
Officials at the utility known as Tepco, including President Naomi Hirose, have said the company will not “easily” release radiated water into the ocean, indicating it’s not ruling out the possibility if it runs out of storage.
“It’s obvious Tepco cannot keep storing water forever as it increases by 400 tons a day,” said Hideyuki Ban, co-director of the antinuclear group Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center. That’s why the company won’t rule out discharge into the sea, Ban said in a telephone interview. [...]
See also: Tepco: It's 'really impossible' for us to keep storing liquid from Fukushima reactors -- We need to think about discharging it into ocean (VIDEO)
Published: April 11th, 2013 at 11:34 am ET