Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be calling for more aggressive responses to be able to quickly deal with the emergency situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The plant’s operator Tokyo Electric Power Co has admitted that they are heavily struggling to contain the leakage of radioactive water from the plant to the Pacific Ocean.
Sources say that the government is prepared to use taxpayer money to put an end to what an official from the Nuclear Regulation Authority calls “a state of emergency” at the plant. The beleaguered TEPCO has been pumping out 400 metric tons of groundwater everyday into the basements of the buildings that house the nuclear reactors that had a meltdown during the 2011 disasters. This water mixes with the highly irradiated water being used to cool down the reactors. The contaminated water is found to be leaking into a bay near the plant and may even possibly reach the reactors eventually.
There has been news floating around that the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will be asking for additional funding in next year’s budget in order to freeze the soil and prevent the groundwater from leaking into the reactor buildings. They will be assessing the cost needed to do that and will put in a request by the end of the year. Previously, TEPCO was approved by the government to dump thousands of tons of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean in the weeks immediately after the 2011 disasters as part of an emergency response. At present, TEPCO have created an underground barrier along the shoreline of the No. 1 reactor building. But they’ve reported that some of the water has gone beyond the barrier.
[ via Yahoo ]