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Officials from the Nuclear Regulation Authority said on July 10 that Fukushima nuclear power plant is probably leaking contaminated water into the ocean. This issue has been suspected by experts, but denied by the plant’s operator.

NRA said a leak is “strongly suspected” and urged Tokyo Electric Power Co. to determine where the water may be leaking from and assess the environmental and other risks, including the impact on the food chain. It also said that samples from both the pit water and coastal seawater indicated that contaminated underground water likely had reached the sea.

However, TEPCO spokesman said the increase in cesium levels in monitoring well water samples does not necessarily mean contaminated water from the plant is leaking to the ocean. TEPCO was running another test on water samples and suspects earlier spikes might have been caused by cesium-laced dust slipping into the samples.
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Radioactive water at Fukushima plant ‘strongly suspected’ of seeping into sea: NRA (Mainichi Newspaper)

Watchdog: Ocean contamination likely at Fukushima(Asahi Newspaper)

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