Groundwater flowing into Fukushima nuclear plant
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it suspects that 200 to 500 tons a day of groundwater might be flowing through pits and wall cracks into reactor and turbine buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
The suspicion is based on the fact that a decline in water levels in these buildings has slowed down.
"The suspected groundwater inflow is now unlikely to cause problems as the plant is capable of treating nearly 1,000 tons of radiation-contaminated water," said an official at the company known as TEPCO.
But the inflow is expected to affect efforts to contain the Fukushima nuclear crisis. "We should assess the groundwater inflow and readjust an overall plan for treating contaminated water," said an official of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
(Mainichi Japan) September 20, 2011