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Contaminated water: TEPCO hopeful

February 25, 2016

TEPCO: Step forward to contain radioactive water




The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says it will soon be able to stop the influx of radioactive water at some parts of the plant's reactor facility.

Basements of the 4 damaged reactors at the plant are still filled with highly radioactive water that has been used for cooling the reactors.

Contaminated water from 3 of these reactors is flowing into adjacent turbine buildings, filling their basements as well.

Tokyo Electric Power Company has been implementing measures to reduce the amount of contaminated water in the reactor facilities.

Since last September, it has been draining groundwater in areas close to the reactor facilities. The water is being released into the sea after being purified.

TEPCO has also been pumping up contaminated water directly from the facilities.

Company officials say these efforts are gradually lowering water levels in the basements of the reactor facilities. They say at the No.1 reactor the water level will be lower than a channel to the adjacent turbine building by early March. That will stem the inflow of radioactive water into the turbine building.

The operator then plans to remove contaminated water in the turbine building as soon as possible.

TEPCO says in this way it hopes to remove radioactive water from all 3 reactors and nearby turbine buildings within 4 years.


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