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TEPCO: Radioactive water may have leaked into sea

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December 5, 2011

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says radioactive water leaked from a water treatment facility may have reached the sea through a gutter.

Tokyo Electric Power Company says slightly elevated levels of cesium were detected on Sunday in seawater around an outlet from the gutter.

Earlier in the day, workers found that at least 45 tons of water had leaked from a desalinization device at the plant. The water then apparently seeped out of the building and flowed into the gutter.

The leaked water also contained radioactive strontium at levels that could pose health risks in case of internal exposure. TEPCO says it will take about 2 weeks to complete its analysis of the situation.

Before the leak was spotted, workers had last checked the water treatment device 21 hours ago and found no problems.

A TEPCO official says the company did not do enough to contain the leak because it had assumed the water would stay within the building. The official says it will take measures to ensure better detection of leaks.

This article was posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 at 3:44 am

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