Japan's Tepco Emergency: New Leak Found At Fukushima Plant

Category: Companies / Apr 09, 2013 9:53AM EDT
Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) said in an emergency news conference on Tuesday (April 9) that it had found a possible new leak of radioactive water at one of the pits at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant. The suspected fresh leak was found in the No. 1 storage pool where contaminated water from the leaking No. 2 pit was being transferred. Tepco has halted the transfer of the contaminated water. About 120,000 liters (32,000 gallons) of water was contaminated with radiation, leaked from two giant pits over the weekend. The cooling system has broken down twice over the past three weeks. The Tepco spokesperson made a public apology during the news conference, saying the company understood the worry from the people of Fukushima and the public. This followed a personal apology by the President of the company, Naomi Hirose, to the trade minister over the series of mishaps which have plagued Tepco. A tsunami crashed into the power plant north of Tokyo on March 11, 2011, causing fuel-rod meltdowns at three reactors, radioactive contamination of air, sea and food and triggering the evacuation of 160,000 people. It was the worst nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Video Source: Reuters