"Fukushima Operator May Have To Dump Contaminated Water Into Pacific"

"As Japan marks the third anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, Tepco is struggling to find a solution for hundreds of thousands of tonnes of contaminated water."

"A senior adviser to the operator of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has told the firm that it may have no choice but to eventually dump hundreds of thousands of tonnes of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean.

Speaking to reporters who were on a rare visit to the plant on the eve of the third anniversary of the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, Dale Klein said Tokyo Electric Power [Tepco] had yet to reassure the public over the handling of water leaks that continue to frustrate efforts to clean up the site.

'The one issue that keeps me awake at night is Tepco's long-term strategy for water management,' said Klein, a former chairman of the US nuclear regulatory commission who now leads Tepco's nuclear reform committee."

Justin McCurry reports for the Guardian March 10, 2014.

SEE ALSO:

"U.S. Nuclear Agency Hid Concerns, Hailed Safety Record as Fukushima Melted" (NBC News)

"Japan’s Giant Tsunami Wall Fails to Stop Atomic Power Fears" (Bloomberg)

"Tepco Progress Inadequate on Radioactive Water, Adviser Says" (Bloomberg)
 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014