TEPCO postpones transfer of contaminated water in Fukushima plant

TEPCO postpones transfer of contaminated water in Fukushima plant

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On April 14, 2013, the Tokyo Electric Power Company said that it will delay the transfer of radioactive water from the leaking underground tank at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The plant cited that it needs more time to conduct safety checks and install a water pipe.

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The operators of the plant were to soon begin operating the crisis-hit plant situated in the north of Japan. The engineers were supposed to move the contaminated water from the No. 2 tank to the ground which is above the container, which is located about 400 meters away. However, on April 11, 2013, it was found by the officials that about 22 litres of the contaminated water had leaked out from a junction of the piping being used for the transfer of liquid from No. 3 tank to No. 6 tank.

Now company officials say that as radioactive water from tank 2 was also going through the junction, it will take several more days to put a new pipe, which will be used to transfer more water. About 120 tons of contaminated water might have leaked out from tank 2 into the soil, according to reports. Moreover, a small amount of radioactive water has also leaked out from the No. 1 and No. 3 tanks. A total of 23,600 tons of water will be pumped out above the ground by the end of June, 2013.