Senior Japan Officials: Nuclear material flowing into ocean a ‘grave matter’ — Situation at Fukushima is ‘deplorable’ (VIDEO)

Published: July 23rd, 2013 at 2:10 pm ET
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ABC (Australia), July 23, 2013: It’s taken about two-and-a-half years, but it seems the Japanese government is finally losing patience with the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant. The reason: its haphazard approach to stabilising the complex. Last week it was unexplained steam rising from the shattered remains of the building housing the melted reactor number three. This week it’s TEPCO’s admission that radioactive water from the plant has probably been leaking into the Pacific for the last three months. [...]

NHK WORLD, July 23, 2013: [...] Tokyo Electric Power Company admitted for the first time on Monday that tainted water is seeping into the sea from the plant site, based on its analysis of water levels underground and in the adjacent sea. High levels of groundwater contamination have been identified [... Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide] Suga told reporters after the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday that the government views this as a grave matter. [...]

NHK WORLD, July 23, 2013: A senior Japanese government official has criticized the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant for failing to stop radioactive water leaking into the ocean. Tokyo Electric Power Company officials announced on Monday that new findings suggest tainted water has been leaking into the ocean since April. Officials from the Industry Ministry inspected the plant later on Monday. Senior vice minister Kazuyoshi Akaba says the situation is deplorable. [...]

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Published: July 23rd, 2013 at 2:10 pm ET
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