TEPCO installs steel wall, fence to stem ocean contamination

TOKYO, April 9 (Xinhua) — The operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Japan began on Saturday to build a steel wall and fence, in an attempt to prevent more contaminated water from flowing into the Pacific Ocean. Tokyo Electric Power Co.(TEPCO) plans to plug a seawater intake connected to the No. 2 reactor of the complex with seven steel sheets and a 120-meter-wide curtain-like fence near the intake and two other locations nearby, according to Kyodo News. In addition, TEPCO also discharged some 9,000 tons of water with relatively low-level radioactivity into the Pacific. The company said massive amount of such water in the plant hampered the work of getting the troubled plant under control. Related: Outflow of highly radioactive water into Pacific stopped: nuke operator TOKYO, April 6 (Xinhua) — The outflow of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has stopped after the injection of a chemical agent, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said Wednesday. TEPCO, the nuclear plant operator, injected sodium silicate, also known as “water glass,” and another agent near a seaside pit where the highly radioactive water had been seeping through to stem the leakage. Full story Japan injects nitrogen into nuke reactor to prevent hydrogen explosion TOKYO, April 7 (Xinhua) — Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO began pumping nitrogen gas into a stricken reactor at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Thursday to prevent the risk of a hydrogen explosion. Workers injected nitrogen gas into the containment vessel of the plant’s No. 1 reactor in process that could take several days, according to the embattled utility firm. Full story Water leaks found at Onagawa nuke plant after Thursday quake TOKYO, April 8 (Xinhua) — Water leaks were found Friday at Onagawa nuke plant in Miyagi prefecture after the quake measuring 7.4 on Richter scale shook Japan’s northeast Thursday night, Kyodo News quoted the plant’s operator as saying. The report didn’t say where the water came from or whether it contains radioactivity.


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