New York Daily News Japanese nuke water leak fears up New York Daily News Radioactive water leaking into the ocean from a Japanese power plant that was devastated during the 2011 earthquake has been classified as a level 3 “serious incident” on an...
The Nuclear Regulation Authority heightened its warnings about the toxic site, run by the Tokyo Electric Power Co., after reports last week that a storage tank was oozing 300 metric tons of radioactive water into the Pacific.
The level 3 warning is the most serious threat level the authority has assigned to the site since the meltdown of three reactors during the earthquake and tsunami two years ago.
For the past two years, Tepco has stored hundreds of thousands of tons of toxic water in tanks on the site.
Hundreds of those tanks were meant to serve as temporary storage after the power plant meltdowns but are still being used and now leaking.
Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry “is working to draw up, by some time in September, both emergency measures and more fundamental steps to eliminate the roots of the contaminated water problem, as well as measures to be carried out going forward,” the prime minister’s office said.