Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Tepco said some of the water is getting over or around “chemical walls” it created by injecting chemicals into the soil that solidify into a wall.
The latest problem involves groundwater that has built up over the last month, since Tepco started creating the chemical walls in an embankment to stop leaks after it detected radiation spikes in groundwater samples.
Tepco spokesman Yoshikazu Nagai said the company was slow to deal with the underground water problem while focusing on the melted reactors, which pose greater risks.
Measures to contain contaminated underground water leaks have lagged while “we devoted ourselves to cool the reactors,” which was the foremost task, Nagai said.
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