Just two days after Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced to the world that things are under control in Fukushima, just before Tokyo won the rights to host the 2020 Olympics, a new report by Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) says that they found a new spot with leaked toxic water inside the crippled plant.
TEPCO said on Monday that they found around 3,200 becquerels per liter of radioactive materials near the storage tank that has been leaking the contaminated water. The samples taken on Sunday are said to be emitting strontium and other beta rays and this could mean that the toxic water has already reached the groundwater at the plant which could make the clean-up even more complicated and potentially dangerous. Abe personally flew in to Buenos Aires to assure the members of the International Olympic Committee that the situation in Fukushima will not affect Tokyo‘s ability to host the games. Some say this sealed the deal as the IOC decided on awarding the bid to the Japanese capital. News like this from the plant could put a damper on the celebrations and also raise doubts about the wisdom of the IOC’s decision.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said it will be sending a team of nuclear experts to look into the situation at the plant, which in 2011 was the site of the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Director general Yukiya Amano said that the accumulation of radioactive water is an urgent problem, but there are also concerns that both TEPCO and the government watchdog Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) may be sending “confusing messages” about the extent of the problems from the leakage of radioactive water, which is suspected to have flowed into the Pacific Ocean as well.
[ via Xinhua Net ]