Tower Technology News: Japan Races To Contain Worst Fukushima Spill Since Meltdown
Posted Aug 24 2013 4:24am
Japan is scrambling to contain its worst spill of contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant since its meltdown more than two years ago; drawing fresh scrutiny to what experts say remains its shortsighted handling of the site. On Wednesday, Japan's nuclear watchdog declared that the plant had suffered a "serious incident,"—level "3," on an international scale—after operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that some 300 metric tons, or 79,000 gallons, of highly radioactive water had leaked from a hastily built storage tank and warned that roughly 300 more of the potentially leaky tanks existed.
It was the first declaration of a nuclear incident in Japan since regulators classed the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi plant a level "7,"—the highest—in 2011. "This really isn't something we were supposed to do," said Shinji Kinjo, director of the NRA's Fukushima Daiichi accident measures office, explaining that the regulator's job is to be an umpire, not a player. "But we just couldn't sit by and do nothing."