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» EX-US nuclear regulatory chief criticized slow reaction over water leakage

A former U.S. nuclear regulatory chief said on Sept. 24 that leaks of contaminated water at the Fukushima plant had been known since early in the crisis and have worsened because Japan acted too slowly.

Gregory Jaczko said that U.S. and Japanese officials knew leaks would occur when massive amounts of water were used to cool molten reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after a major earthquake and tsunami hit in March 2011.

Jaczko said he was surprised how long it took Japan to start tackling the problem.

He said at a news conference in Tokyo, “It’s been known for a long time that this would be an issue.My biggest surprise is to some extent how it’s been allowed to deteriorate, a little bit, and how it’s almost become a surprise again that there are contamination problems, that there is leakage out into the sea.”
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