TEPCO withheld groundwater information from NRA officials in meeting

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Groundwater contamination at Fukushima plant

On Monday morning this week TEPCO officials were meeting with experts from Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority to discuss ways to mitigate and approach the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi.  During the meeting, TEPCO officials failed to notify the regulatory body of rises in the groundwater levels at Fukushima Daiichi, even though the data they had showed that groundwater levels had risen 2.5 meters above an agreed upon benchmark.

Tokyo Electric’s failure to report the rising groundwater levels frustrated NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka, who told reporters, “TEPCO has no sense of crisis at all.”

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority is involving itself in measuring radiation levels at Fukushima Daiichi for the first time since the onset of the nuclear disaster, but only after TEPCO announced that it had found extremely high concentrations of radioactive materials in groundwater samples around the site and confirmed that contaminated water was leaking into the Pacific Ocean.

Source: JiJi Press

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