TEPCO Admits Increasing Leaks To The Sea

TEPCO has admitted both ongoing and increased leaks to the sea.

They announced in a press release that tritium leaking into the port has increased between June 10 and June 24th. Near the unit 1-4 intakes the level more than doubled. These levels are now admitted to have been existing since 2011 and are on the increase again after some decrease.

Strontium and “all beta” have been elevated in the seawater in the port since 2011 and continue to be high, around the reporting levels.

These two elevated levels indicate ongoing leaking into the sea. These readings are outside the walls and blocking materials put in place at the intakes.

TEPCO claims the cesium in the water is low but beta emitters like strontium are significant. These are water readings, TEPCO does not clarify at what depth they are testing water. Soil readings would be useful. TEPCO previously concreted over the floor of the port yet that has not decreased the water levels according to these new reports.

 

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