Title: Fukushima Digs In for Decades of Cleanup
Source: Wall St. Journal
Author: MITSURU OBE
Date: March 8, 2013
[...] The continuing discovery of highly contaminated fish in the waters off Fukushima is also raising concerns that there are still cracks in the reactor buildings that are leaking irradiated water into the sea.
Last month, surveyors caught a greenling near the plant containing a record-high level of radioactive cesium—510,000 becquerels per kilogram—or 5,100 times the level the government deems safe for consumption.
Tepco says that radioactive elements may have accumulated in the fish’s body and that the plant is no longer leaking.
Thus the protective sea wall [...] is being built is one of the most heavily contaminated in the compound, meaning careful planning to minimize radiation exposure for workers. [...]
See also: Japan Times: Walls are cracked below ground at Fukushima reactor buildings -- "As if the damage above ground isn't enough to worry about"
Published: March 10th, 2013 at 8:12 am ET
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- Kyodo: Groundwater now flowing into Fukushima reactor buildings via cracks in walls — Up to 500 tons a day September 20, 2011
- Nuclear Expert: Molten fuel may have flowed through cracks in foundations of Fukushima reactor buildings — No one’s been able to go under there and take samples September 11, 2013