The Nuclear Regulation Authority revealed on Wednesday that water contaminated with radioactive materials is suspected to have already reached the Pacific Ocean. At the meeting of Japan’s nuclear watchdog commissioners, NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka pointed out the need to find the source of the contamination and stop further leak into the seas.
Just a day after the news of the death of Fukushima Daiichi’s former GM Masao Yoshida, who was credited for his priceless and fearless move at the height of the Fukushima meltdown to prevent further catastrophe, the power plant is now facing reprimand from the NRA for its failure to find the cause of the leak. “It is strongly suspected that highly concentrated contaminated waste water has leaked to the ground and has spread to the sea,” said Tanaka. The NRA chief emphasized on Wednesday the need to find the cause of contamination and “put the highest priority on implementing countermeasures.”
It has been reported that the Tuesday observation of TEPCO regarding groundwater in its compound and surrounding waters soared more than a hundred times since Friday. “I see [TEPCO] has not been able to find the cause of these spikes in readings,” Tanaka said at the meeting. The contaminated groundwater was found to have high levels of radioactive substances like cesium-134 and strontium.
Despite the potential threat of the radioactive substances, TEPCO has denied its impact on the environment, a statement which Tanaka reiterated. “But we must see for sure what are the possibilities of this leading to oceanic contamination,” the NRA head added. The agency also insisted on a detailed and credible report from the nuclear operators.