Toxic water worse at Fukushima

2015-02-17 19:06
A Tepco worker checks radiation levels around a contaminated water tank at Tepco's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture. (Tepco, AFP)

A Tepco worker checks radiation levels around a contaminated water tank at Tepco's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture. (Tepco, AFP)

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Tokyo - A team of international experts expressed concern Tuesday about increasing amounts of radiation-contaminated water at a crippled Japanese nuclear plant.

About 350 tons of toxic water are generated daily in the process of cooling three reactors at the Fukushima plant that suffered meltdowns during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

"The situation ... remains very complex, with the increasing amount of contaminated water posing a short-term challenge" at the plant, Juan Carlos Lentijo, head of the 15-member International Atomic Energy Agency team, said at the end of its 9-day mission.

"The need to remove highly radioactive spent fuel, including damaged fuel and fuel debris, from the reactors that suffered meltdowns poses a huge long-term challenge," he said.

The team said other challenges include persistent underground water ingress to main buildings, the long-term management of radioactive waste and problems related to the removal of nuclear fuel.

"Japan has made significant progress" in its efforts to plan and implement the decommissioning of the plant run by Tokyo Electric Power Co, Lentijo said.

The team is expected to issue its final report by the end of March.

"The path ahead is long, complex and challenging," Lentijo said. "Japan is progressing step-by-step and plans are taking shape, which is a welcome development."

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