"Tepco Urged to Manage Water Weeks Before Recent Leak"

"An advisory panel to Tokyo Electric Power Co. urged the utility to tighten water-management procedures at its crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant weeks before 300 metric tons of radioactive water seeped out, the panel’s chairman said."

"The advisory group in late July held a 'less than friendly' meeting with Tepco officials including the company’s chairman and chief executive officer to inform of the need to establish a plan to deal with radioactive water at the facility, according to Dale Klein, the panel’s chairman and a former head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

'We were disappointed that they weren’t more forthcoming in communication' about an earlier leak of contaminated water from a tunnel at the site, Klein said yesterday in a phone interview. 'They really do need to stop going from crisis to crisis and have a systematic approach to water management.”

Tepco officials said yesterday that the company is losing its battle to contain leaks of radioactive water from the plant, where an earthquake and tsunami triggered a triple meltdown in March 2011. Storage tanks at the plant are now holding enough radioactive water to cover an area equal to 37 football fields."

Brian Wingfield reports for Bloomberg August 22, 2013.


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"6 Who Were Minors at Time of Nuclear Disaster Newly Found To Have Thyroid Cancer" (Asahi Shimbun)

"Radioactive Leaks in Japan Prompt Call for Overseas Help" (Bloomberg)

"Fukushima Leak Erodes Confidence in Nuclear Power" (Christian Science Monitor)

"Japan Nuclear Agency Concerned About More Fukushima Leaks" (Reuters)

Source: Bloomberg, 08/22/2013