Unit 1 Basement Shows Highly Contaminated Water Remains

TEPCO is making an effort to lower the water level in some of the basement rooms of the unit 1 reactor buildings. As groundwater has been pumped up via the outdoor subdrain pits, this has created a situation where the standing water in the basements could end up higher than the surrounding groundwater. This could lead to more contaminated water leaking out of the buildings. TEPCO is installing more water level monitoring sensors to better control the water in the basements. This work also showed that much of the water still sitting in certain areas of the basements of unit 1 is highly radioactive as seen in this table below.

unit1_basement_standingwater_rads

TEPCO handout: http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2015/images/handouts_150406_01-j.pdf

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