Title: Fukushima clean-up turns toxic for Japan’s Tepco
Authors: Antoni Slodkowski and Mari Saito
Date: July 31, 2013
[...] WATER STORAGE NIGHTMARE
Experts say Tepco is attempting the most ambitious nuclear clean-up in history, even greater than the Chernobyl disaster [...]
[...] radioactive water that cools the reactors [...] mixes with some 400 tonnes of fresh groundwater pouring into the plant daily.
Workers have built more than 1,000 tanks [...]
With more than 85 percent of the 380,000 tonnes of storage capacity filled, Tepco has said it could run out of space.
The tanks are built from parts of disassembled old containers brought from defunct factories and put together with new parts, workers from the plant told Reuters. They say steel bolts in the tanks will corrode in a few years.
Tepco says it does not know how long the tanks will hold. [...]
Published: July 31st, 2013 at 11:13 am ET