Six tons of tainted water leak at Fukushima No. 1 during Korean safety tour


Up to 6 tons of radioactive water has leaked into the ground at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co.

The water, which had been scrubbed by Units A and C of the advanced liquid processing system (ALPS), leaked from pipes while being transported to storage tanks on Wednesday afternoon, the utility said.

The water seeped into the ground, officials said, adding that it did not flow into the sea because there was no drainage ditch nearby.

The ALPS system can remove all radioactive substances except tritium. It wasn’t clear how radioactive the water was before the spill.

Wednesday’s incident came on the same day that a team of experts from South Korea visited the heavily damaged plant to examine the safety of Japanese fishery products.

The South Korean experts spent about three hours inspecting facilities at the plant, including ALPS. They were told about measures to keep the nuclear crisis under control.

The experts asked questions about the types of radioactive materials contained in the water and the results of radiation checks on local seawater, according to the Fisheries Agency.

In September last year, South Korea banned imports of fishery products from Fukushima and seven other prefectures due to the recurring water leaks at the Fukushima No. 1 plant.

Tepco said Wednesday it will cut business costs by ¥837 billion in fiscal 2014, up sharply from the previously planned ¥576 billion. The deeper cuts will allow Tepco to forego another rate hike for households through 2015, company officials said.

In a special business plan approved by the government in January, Tepco said it would slash business costs by ¥4.8 trillion over the 10 years to fiscal 2022. Tepco Chairman Fumio Sudo said the utility hopes to increase that to about ¥6 trillion.

The plant is in the final stages of removing fuel rods from storage at the heavily damaged No. 4 reactor building.

  • rossdorn

    Oooops !

  • Pearl

    People eating fish and seafood from the Pacific Ocean are being radiated by this TEPCO negligence! They will need to remove the radiation to prevent DNA damage and cellular mutations with the detox mineral called Zeolite!

  • philippe san

    lies, lies, lies. And moreover now secret. The situation at Fukushima is just out of control and it will be for decades if not centuries. Japan MUST face the truth, world MUST face the truth. NO MORE NUCLEAR.

  • Mark Kelly

    wow, 6 tons of water!!! Let’s do the Math. 1 cubic foot of water weighs 64 pounds, round down to 60. 6 tons equals 12,000 pounds so 200 cubic feet. a round area 12 feet wide and 2 feet tall. Why, they dumped a plastic pool!!! I hope that no kids were lost in the water.

  • Starviking

    6 tons of water that had been stripped of all but Tritium, a very weak radionuclide which is naturally present in the environment.

    When are we going to get reports on the “Tainted” Radium Onsens?