Japan government: Fukushima plant leaks 300 tpd of contaminated water into sea

TOKYO Wed Aug 7, 2013 6:52am EDT

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) attends the lower house parliamentary session in Tokyo August 7, 2013. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) attends the lower house parliamentary session in Tokyo August 7, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Issei Kato

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese government official said an estimated 300 tonnes of contaminated water is leaking into the ocean each day from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Wednesday to step up government efforts to stem radioactive water leakage.

Abe ordered the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry to urgently deal with the water situation and ensure the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co, takes appropriate action to deal with the cleanup, which is expected to take more than 40 years and cost $11 billion.

The ministry official also said the utility would begin pumping out groundwater to reduce leakage and had aimed to be removing 300 tonnes per day by December, but would end up 60 tonnes short of that goal. Removing 300 tonnes of groundwater, however, would not necessarily halt leakage into the sea, he said.

(Corrects last paragraph to show 60 tonnes is shortfall in groundwater pumping goal, not expected leak volume.)

(Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori and Kentaro Hamada; Editing by Edmund Klamann)

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Nayer wrote:
It is a sin the way this situation is being ignored. President Obama said it would not reach the United States as a rationale for not helping Japan in this international crisis. We all need to work together and fix this mess. How? Entomb the plant(s) in scientifically calculated depths using 3D / 4D printed layers of hemp concrete, lead/tungsten and hemp plastic. Plant the radiation eating mushrooms identified by the Albert Einstein Institute found thriving around Chernobyl. Since increased cancer rates come from elevated rates of radiation exposure, use super critical CO2 extraction to make the cannabis cancer cure oil that Rick Simpson is promoting. In the words of George Washington ‘Make the most of the hemp seed and plant it everywhere.’

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