In a myriad of issues coming from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) concerning the severely damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, the latest revealed was the discovery of a hole in its underwater fence, which is meant to keep sediments from reaching the Pacific Ocean. The utility said Thursday that albeit the hole, the remaining barriers remain intact.
It somehow reminds this writer of the sole storage tank that leaked 300 tons of radioactive water. The silt fence found to have a hole is one of the barriers set up around the plant, which is supposed to ensure the isolation of radioactive materials coming from the defunct nuclear reactors. According to the utility, like the remaining storage tanks of radioactive water, the other fences have not been damaged.
A TEPCO spokesperson claimed that radiation levels in the area’s seawater are very low. He also assured that “no contaminated water tanks are placed near reactors 5-6.” Both were the only reactors that were not damaged back in 2011, as they are not located close to the other units. Only units 1 through 3 were damaged because of the tsunami that hit the nuclear plant in March 2011. Unit 4 is also out of commission as its building caught fire because of explosions three days after the meltdown of units 1, 2, and 3.