Friday, September 20, 2013

Abe mum on plan for contaminated water crisis | The Japan Times

Wearing a protective suit to guard against radioactive contamination, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe entered the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant Thursday to inspect the desperate effort to stop tainted water from entering the soil and the Pacific.

Abe visited the site in an apparent publicity stunt to demonstrate his determination to get the water crisis under control. An estimated 300 tons of contaminated groundwater is believed to be flowing into the ocean every day, and experts say the more than 1,000 storage tanks overlooking the site pose an even greater hazard.

During his two-hour visit to the facility, Abe viewed a storage tank that recently lost a sizable amount of highly contaminated water. At least five of the plant’s 350 flange-type water tanks have sprung leaks.
In the plant’s reinforced headquarters, Abe thanked about 200 plant workers for “working under severe conditions” to address the water crisis.

“I have renewed my determination that the government should stand on the front line to carry out our responsibilities,” he said.

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Comment: There's a very good reason why its so easy for Mr. Abe to stay "mum" about his plans for how his administration will handle the crisis, particularly all the radioactive water leaks at the crippled Fukushima plant, he doesn't have one!!! 

Nice to know there's at least one leak in Japan that's under control!

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