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The Japanese government announced that around 300 tons of radioactive water could be leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the sea.

The source of contamination is believed to be highly radioactive water left inside the so-called underground trenches that are connected to reactor buildings.

An official of the Natural Resources and Energy Agency said he does not know when leakage into the sea started.

Apart from the 300 tons flowing into the ocean, around 400 tons of groundwater is known to be seeping into the Nos. 1 to 4 reactor buildings every day and getting mixed with highly contaminated cooling water.

As emergency measures to prevent contaminated water from further flowing into the sea, TEPCO plans to pump up groundwater on the coast and harden the soil in some areas. But it is likely to just temporary measure which can not tacle the stem problem.

In the longer term, TEPCO plans to freeze the soil around the four reactor buildings, which will cost 30-40 billion yen.

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300 tons of toxic water flowing into sea from Fukushima plant daily: gov’t (Mainichi Newspaper)

300 tons of toxic water flowing into sea from Fukushima plant daily: gov’t (Kyodo Newspaper)


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