Tuesday, May 31, 2011

TEPCO Dumps More Water On Fukushima, Complains About Water Levels

The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant says water accumulating in the basement of the No. 1 reactor building is contaminated with highly radioactive substances. The utility is battling to stop further leaks as the rainy season approaches.

Tokyo Electric Power Company detected 2 million becquerels of radioactive cesium per cubic centimeter of water in the basement of the No. 1 reactor building. It speculates that radioactive substances from the melted fuel have leaked from the pressure vessel encasing the reactor core. Large amounts of contaminated water in the plant's buildings are hampering efforts to contain the situation.

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