Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Water tanks for stricken n-plant

Workers try to prevent radioactive materials from spreading out from the Unit 1 area at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex (AP)

Tanks for storing radioactive water are on their way to the crippled nuclear power plant in north eastern Japan where reactor cores melted after the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), the utility that operates the troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, said two of the 370 tanks were due at the facility.

Each of the tanks can store either 100 tons or 120 tons of radioactive water.

The tanks will continue arriving until August, and will store a total of 40,000 tons of radioactive water.

Tepco said the radioactive water leaking from the reactors and pooling across the plant could start overflowing from temporary storage areas on June 20, or possibly sooner if there is heavy rainfall.

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