A report issued this week by the NRA cites that two monitoring points outside the plant serve as indicators for leaks from the plant.
“The sampling points T-1 and T-2-1 near Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station are sentinels to assess effects on the environment by incidents including a leakage of contaminated water”
Sample point T-1 is near the northern drainage canal outlet and also the water outlet for units 5-6 when it was in operation. T-2-1 is towards the plant boundary with the south drainage canal between it and the reactor blocks. The south drainage canal had been the source of ongoing contamination into the sea. This was also the route radioactive sludge leaked from storage tanks out of the plant. The southern drainage canal has been rendered mostly inoperable. It was sealed with concrete and had a drainage pipe installed in it. It now has a route to the port. A shut off and pipe were installed in March that allows water from this draingage system to be sent to the port instead. So any contaminated water would likely be sent to the port.
NRA currently has no monitoring point in this set of monitoring for the port opening. The port opening only has a silt fence as any sort of prevention for substances to leak out. The combination of issues may be giving a false sense of the true situation at the plant.
Drainage diversion to the port map below:
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