Sunday, November 27, 2011

Storing Radioactive Water at Fukushima

Majia here: The water being poured onto the reactors has to be stored because of Tepco's lack of success with water decontamination.

Japan Today: November 18 TEPCO clears woodlands of trees for storage tanks

"...With an increasing amount of contaminated water to be stored, Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant's operator, has chopped down thousands of trees on the premises to make way for storage tanks for the radioactive water...

"The combined capacity of all tanks at the plant has exceeded 110,000 tons as of Nov. 17.
Water used to cool reactors at the plant, as well as ground water, has continued to flow into the basement of the plant's reactor buildings after being contaminated. TEPCO has treated the water before transferring it into the tanks.

"Currently, the tanks hold a total of about 90,000 tons of contaminated water, or 80 percent of their capacity. TEPCO still has about 80,000 tons of radioactive water remaining in the basements of the buildings of the No. 1 through No. 4 reactors."

MAJIA HERE: It is very sad that a considerable amount of radioactive water continues to make its way to the ocean.

Fukushima Diary reports on the growing contamination of sea life here:

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