JAPAN | Radioactive water still threatens to overflow

Posted on June 16, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | Thursday, June 16, 2011 20:24 +0900 (JST)

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is under pressure to ensure the flawless operation of a system to decontaminate radioactive water, which threatens to overflow.

More than 110,000 tons of the highly radioactive water has accumulated in the nuclear complex.

The amount is growing by 500 tons a day as fresh water is injected into reactors to cool them down.

Tokyo Electric Power Company says it’s vital to put the water treatment system into full operation on Friday, as scheduled.

Any delay in launching the system could cause contaminated water to overflow within 2 weeks.

TEPCO admits, however, that water may leak from pipes connecting devices, even if the system works as planned.

To block leaks, preparations are under way to build more storage tanks and to install a US-made back-up filtering device.

But the tanks will not be installed until next month at the earliest and the back-up device is unlikely to be mounted before August.

TEPCO has also yet to decide how to dispose of radioactive waste generated during the decontamination process.

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