Fukushima Workers Battle Radioactive Flood

Experts warn plant is still accident-prone
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2013 2:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – More than two years after a quake and tsunami crippled Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, workers are battling yet another crisis, the New York Times finds. Huge amounts of groundwater have been pouring into the plant, leaving workers struggling to contain a flood of 75 gallons of radioactive water a minute. Plant operator Tepco is scrambling to build more storage space for the contaminated water, but there are fears that it could end up reaching the Pacific Ocean.

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"The water keeps increasing every minute, no matter whether we eat, sleep, or work," a Tepco spokesman says. "It feels like we are constantly being chased, but we are doing our best to stay a step in front." Experts say the flood is another sign that the company is barely managing to fight day-to-day problems at the plant and has no long-term strategy for the cleanup—much less any way to prevent another disastrous radiation leak if another strong earthquake hits. (Read more Fukushima Dai-ichi stories.)

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