TEPCO is now pumping water surrounding the area of the holding tanks for radioactively irradiated waste water surrounding the Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean. Yes, those same tanks that were found to be leaking radioactive material into the ground around them lately. To prevent “potential problems”? I think the potentials are already there. From USA Article today:
As a preventative step, workers at the crippled Fukushima Da-ichi nuclear power plant, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) northeast of Tokyo, were pumping accumulating rain water pooling around hundreds of storage tanks containing radioactive water to the ocean. That was to avoid the risk of potential tank leaks getting mixed with rainwater seeping into the soil or flowing into the sea.
Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the plant released what is believed to be untainted rainwater to the Pacific in order to avoid flooding near the tanks, a step that could violate safety rules, the Nuclear Regulation Authority said. TEPCO says the radioactivity in the released water was within allowed discharge limits, but duty regulators at the plant are checking.
Recent acknowledgement by officials that contaminated water is leaking from underground and storage tanks into the ocean have triggered concerns about the plant’s safety.
Radioactivity to Pacific ocean: here I come!