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  (Source: media.npr.org)
The government is now stepping in to help clean up

Japan's troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has been spilling more toxic water than previously thought, and the situation has gotten to the point where the government needs to step in. 

According to Yushi Yoneyama, an official with the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Fukushima is leaking about 300 tonnes of toxic water into the Pacific Ocean per day. It's not clear how long the contaminated water has been spilling out at this rate, but it's believed that the water has been leaking for the last two years since the earthquake and tsunami crippled the plant. 

In response to the news of 300 tonnes leaking per day, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the government to take part in the cleanup. 

"To ensure safety, I would also like the head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority to do his best to find out the cause and come up with effective measures as a regulator," said Abe. 

The plan is to freeze nearly a mile perimeter around the four reactors by drilling shafts into the ground and sending coolant through them. This will make a wall of frozen soil that will prevent the flow of groundwater into the plant.

The main problem with this is that maintaining the ground temperatures for months or even years would be very expensive. The cleanup is already expected to take more than 40 years and cost $11 billion.

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) is already trying to build a bypass to stop the flow of groundwater from reaching the plant as well.

The latest admission of the amount of leaking water further damages Tepco's credibility. Not only did the company fail to properly prepare for the earthquake/tsunami, but it's response to the disaster and time it took to reveal exactly how much toxic water is leaking has also hurt the faith in Tepco. 

That's why the government is stepping in. The ministry has already requested a budget allocation to help with the toxic water problem. 

Earlier this month, Tepco spokesman Masayuki Ono confirmed at a regular monthly news conference that Tepco was aware of the leakage of radioactive water into the sea and groundwater. This was the first time the company had admitted this. Tepco had previously denied that any radioactive waste had reached the ocean, but it was eventually forced to start telling the truth in May after a coastal well sample showed abnormal levels of dangerously radioactive Caesium-137, which is a radioisotope with a half-life of 30 years.

Back in March 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake shook Japan and crippled the reactor at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. It caused quite a bit of havoc with the release of radioactive watercontamination of crops and of course, the thousands of lives lost.

Source: Reuters



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RE: More BS
By Concore on 8/7/2013 12:55:19 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It clearly states the earthquake and tsunami caused those deaths.


Clearly it does not... the statement does not even mention the tsunami. It clearly implies that "thousands" have died as a result of the release.


RE: More BS
By flyingpants1 on 8/7/2013 1:41:42 PM , Rating: 2
No, you just can't read good. It says the the earthquake caused thousands of lives to be lost, among other things. It's plain English. It's also obvious.


RE: More BS
By Newspapercrane on 8/7/2013 2:06:53 PM , Rating: 2
You mean he can't read "well".


RE: More BS
By Reclaimer77 on 8/7/2013 2:11:58 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe he went to the Derek Zoolander School for Kids Who Can't Read Good and Want to Do Other Stuff Good Too?


RE: More BS
By ClownPuncher on 8/7/2013 2:53:57 PM , Rating: 2
Not if we are speaking English. In English, we see that the article says the earthquake caused the nuclear problems as well as the deaths. The majority of the deaths directly attributed to the tsunami, which was caused by the earthquake.


RE: More BS
By ClownPuncher on 8/7/2013 2:55:28 PM , Rating: 2
"It" being the earthquake, of course.


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