Published on Oct 3, 2013
Leak traced to overfilling of tank built on slope
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says the latest leak of radioactive wastewater has been traced to the overfilling of a storage tank built on a slope.
Tokyo Electric Power Company officials apologized at a news conference on Thursday for the leaks that surface on an almost daily basis.
The tank is on the mountain side of the plant’s No.4 reactor. The TEPCO officials said the tank was built on ground that slopes toward the ocean, and the leak occurred on the side that faces the sea.
They estimate that 430 liters of wastewater seeped outside the barrier around the tank and say some of this water may have flowed into the sea, about 200 meters away.
Workers had been careful not to fill the tank to the top. But on Wednesday, they…
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