‘Alarm bells’ over state of Fukushima plant — Official: Gov’t will investigate how radioactive contamination is impacting life in Pacific Ocean; “Problems… are more complicated than (we) initially thought”

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
By Paul Martin

July 30th, 2013

Title: Japan nuclear watchdog to beef up Fukushima monitoring
Source: AFP
Date: July 30, 2013

Japan’s nuclear watchdog will beef up monitoring at the crippled Fukushima power plant, an agency official said Tuesday, after leaks of radioactive groundwater into the ocean sparked heavy criticism of the site’s operator.

The leaks have triggered alarm bells over the plant’s precarious state and the capability of Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) to deal with a long list of problems […]

The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) plans to pull together two dedicated teams to investigate water contamination and its impact on the ocean’s ecosystem, according to the the official.

“We still don’t know the root cause of the problems as they are more complicated than initially thought,” the NRA official said.

A formal announcement on the new teams, expected to be comprised of experts from the regulator, TEPCO and a government-back research institute, is expected on Wednesday. […]

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