Yesterday, the NYTimes reported this “emergency” (as TEPCO is now finally calling it) on p. A6.
Tepco needs public cash to dig deep wall –Radioactive flow to sea 300 tons daily; Suga says utility can’t halt it 07 Aug 2013 The public must help fund Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s effort to freeze the soil around the reactor buildings at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, creating a barrier to prevent more groundwater from becoming radioactive, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday. It was revealed the same day that 300 tons of tainted water is flowing to the Pacific daily from the stricken plant. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is considering including the costs [¥30 billion to ¥40 billion] in the fiscal 2014 budget request.
Radioactive water may overflow at Japan plant 06 Aug 2013 The operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant is struggling to stop radioactive underground water from leaking into the sea. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said some of the water is seeping over or around an underground barrier it created by injecting chemicals into the soil that solidified into a wall. The latest problem involves underground water which has built up over the last month since the company began creating the chemical walls to stop leaks after it detected radiation spikes in water samples in May.
‘State of emergency’ at Fukushima nuclear plant over ongoing leaks of radioactive water –‘Right now, we have an emergency.’ – TEPCO 06 Aug 2013 Japan’s nuclear watchdog says there is a state of emergency at the shattered Fukushima nuclear plant over ongoing leaks of radioactive water. An official from the Nuclear Regulation Authority says contaminated groundwater has risen above a shore barrier meant to contain it and is seeping into the Pacific Ocean. Speaking to the Reuters news agency, Shinji Kinjo revealed the leak is exceeding legal limits of radioactive discharge. Countermeasures planned by Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the operator of the Fukushima nuclear complex, are only a temporary solution, Mr Kinjo added. “Right now, we have an emergency,” he said.