Fukushima Leaks Again

Fukushima Leaks Again

I’ve written before about how this crisis is going to run for decades. Just because the media has lost interest doesn’t mean that radiation has stopped leaking. And we can depend on TEPCO continuing to mismanage the problem.

James Pilant

New Highly Radioactive Leak At Fukushima Plant

* Worst radioactive water leak at Fukushima since last August

* Utility says water unlikely to have reached ocean

* Tepco strongly criticised for reaction to 2011 meltdowns (Adds company quote, radiation measurement, more details)

TOKYO, Feb 20 (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant said on Thursday that 100 tonnes of highly contaminated water had leaked out of a tank, the worst incident since last August, when a series of radioactive water leaks sparked international alarm.

Tokyo Electric Power Co told reporters the latest leak was unlikely to have reached the ocean. But news of the leak at the site, devastated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami, further undercut public trust in a utility rocked by a string of mishaps and disclosure issues.

“We are taking various measures, but we apologise for worrying the public with such a leak,” said Masayuki Ono, a spokesman for the utility, also known as Tepco.

“Water is unlikely to have reached the ocean as there is no drainage in that tank area.”

Tepco said water overflowed from a large storage tank at the site late on Wednesday after a valve had remained open by mistake and sent too much contaminated water into a separate holding area.

via New Highly Radioactive Leak At Fukushima Plant.