TOKYO, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) — The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy plant has discovered leaks in a hose used to switch nuclear-contaminated wastewater, native media reported on Friday.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) performed a probe after higher-than-usual ranges of radioactive materials had been detected in rainwater within the dike round a storage tank, public broadcaster NHK reported.
An inspection discovered that some water had leaked from cracks of about 4 centimeters on a hose getting used for transferring radioactive wastewater on the time, the report stated.
As the hose was used to switch radioactive wastewater from one other tank, TEPCO analyzed water within the dike across the tank and detected as much as 67,000 becquerels of tritium per liter, which exceeded 60,000 becquerels, the usual set by the Japanese authorities for releasing tritium into the surroundings.
TEPCO stated that somebody brought on the cracks with a cutter blade whereas eradicating the packaging across the hose after it was delivered, including that the water that leaked remained contained in the barrier.
TEPCO added that the leak wouldn’t have an effect on the plan to discharge the radioactive wastewater from the plant into the ocean.
Despite robust opposition from neighboring and Pacific island nations, in addition to native fishermen over the irreversible impacts on the marine surroundings and public well being, the Japanese authorities and TEPCO have been pushing for launch of the radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear energy plant hit by an enormous earthquake and an ensuing tsunami in March 2011.