Sea contamination ‘suspected’ off Fukushima

A construction worker walks beside the underground water tank and water tanks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture on June 12, 2013. EPA/Toshifumi Kitamura

A damaged Japanese nuclear plant is suspected to be leaking radiation-contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean, Tokyo authorities were quoted as saying by news reports July 11. The Nuclear Regulation Authority said it is “highly suspected” that radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station had seeped into the ground and contaminated the sea, the Kyodo News agency reported. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said this week that levels of radioactive material in groundwater had risen sharply at the complex.

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