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TOKYO: Japan's nuclear watchdog chief said on Monday that contaminated water from the ruined Fukushima nuclear plant must be released into the ocean eventually, warning the plant remains fragile with many risks. Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, said operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) cannot store huge amounts of coolant water at the plant indefinitely. "I'm afraid that it is unavoidable to dump or release the water into the sea" after it is purified to levels recognised as safe under international standards, Tanaka told a news conference.
TEPCO has long struggled to deal with the massive amounts of water used to cool reactors that went into meltdown after being struck by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Neighbouring countries and local fishermen have expressed concern at the mooted release from the plant, where contaminated water was already believed to have escaped into sea.
"The situation at Fukushima is changing everyday," Tanaka said. "Fukushima Daiichi has various risks," he added. "The accident has yet to be settled down."
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by amazing
Because it will become more and more contaminated and more and more dangerous.
The water in the tanks is not hot temperature wise. It is radioactively "hot".
edit on 9/2/2013 by Phage because: (no reason given)
What is seen in the photo is typical sea fog. Ever been to San Francisco?
EVERY second the Kuroshio current carries some 50 million tonnes of sea water past Japan's southeast coast-a flow equal in volume to about 6000 rivers the size of the Danube or Volga. But even this massive current would take some 250 years to equal the total volume of the north Pacific. Thus, although the Kuroshio is one of the major currents in the world's oceans, and plays a vital role in the circulation of the north Pacific, it occupies only a small fraction (less than 0.1 per cent) of that ocean: a thin narrow band less than lOOkm in width and about l k m at maximum depth running for 3000km along the western edge of the Pacific between the Philippines and the east coast of Japan. A