Fears of wa­ter leak af­ter blun­der at nu­clear plant

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

Con­tam­i­nated wa­ter might have leaked from the dam­aged Fukushima nu­clear re­ac­tors af­ter er­ro­neous set­tings on wa­ter gauges low­ered ground­wa­ter lev­els nearby, the plant op­er­a­tor said.

Tokyo Elec­tric Power Co said the set­tings on six of the dozens of wells around the re­ac­tors were three feet be­low the re­quire­ment.

Ground­wa­ter at one well briefly sank be­low the con­tam­i­nated wa­ter in­side in May, pos­si­bly caus­ing ra­dioac­tive wa­ter to leak into the soil.

Sam­ples have shown no ab­nor­mal in­crease in ra­dioac­tiv­ity and leaks to the out­side are un­likely, Tepco spokesman Shinichi Nakakuki said.

Ground­wa­ter lev­els at wells dug closer to the re­ac­tors have stayed above min­i­mum safety lev­els, sug­gest­ing that risks of a leak are un­likely, he said.

The prob­lem in the six wells launched in April was caught this week dur­ing prepa­ra­tion at an­other well nearby.

The com­pany said it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

The plant suf­fered triple melt­downs fol­low­ing the March 2011 earth­quake and tsunami.

Six-and-a-half years af­ter the ac­ci­dent, the plant still strug­gles with man­ag­ing the con­tam­i­nated wa­ter.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.