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<ul><li><p>8/3/2019 Tepco Says More Radioactive Water Leaks at Fukushima Plant - Business Week</p><p> 1/2</p><p>Like</p><p>Bloomberg BusinessweekGo To Businessweek.com</p><p>Bloomberg</p><p>Tepco Says More Radioactive Water Leaks at Fukushima PlantDecember 05, 2011, 4:15 PM EST</p><p>25</p><p>0</p><p>Business ExchangeE-mailPrint</p><p>By Tsuyoshi Inajima</p><p>(Updates with company comment in fifth paragraph.)</p><p>Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- As much as 45,000 liters (11,870 gallons) of highly radioactive water leaked from Japans crippled Fukushima nuclear station at the</p><p>weekend and some may have reached the sea, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.</p><p>The leakage shows the company known as Tepco is still struggling to control the disaster nine months after an earthquake and tsunami wrecked the plant. The</p><p>water contained 1.8 millisieverts per hour of gamma radiation and 110 millisieverts of beta radiation, Tepco said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.</p><p>The source of the beta radiation in the water is likely to include strontium 90, which if absorbed in the body through eating tainted seaweed or fish,</p><p>accumulates in bone and can cause cancer, said Tetsuo Ito, the head of Kinki Universitys Atomic Energy Research Institute.</p><p>Since the March 11 disaster, the utility has reported several leaks of radiated water into the sea, though its es timates of their size have been disputed. In</p><p>October, a French nuclear research institute said the Fukushima plant was responsible for the biggest discharge of radioactive material into the ocean in</p><p>history.</p><p>The water leaked from a desalination unit and through a cracked concrete wall into a gutter that drains into the Pacific Ocean, spokeswoman Chie Hosoda</p><p>said by phone. Radiated water has now been pumped out of the building where it was leaking from.</p><p>Environmental Checks</p><p>As much as 300 liters leaked through the crack, Junichi Matsumoto, a general manager at the utility, told reporters in Tokyo today. The utility is still checking</p><p>how much contaminated water has reached the sea and the effects on the environment, Matsumoto said.</p><p>Tepco said the leaked water contained 16,000 becquerels and 29,000 becquerels per liter of radioactive ces ium 134 and 137 respectively. Those levelsexceed government safety limits by 267 and 322 times, according to Bloomberg calculations.</p><p>The water may have contained one million times times as much radioactive strontium as the government limit, the Asahi newspaper reported today.</p><p>Matsumoto said Tepco may take three weeks to analyze the strontium level in the water.</p><p>The study by the French government-funded Institute for Radiological Protect ion and Nuclear Safety said radioactive cesium that flowed into the sea from the</p><p>Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant was 20 times the amount estimated by Tepco.</p><p>Prolonged exposure to high levels of radiation can cause leukemia and other forms of cancer, according to the World Nuclear Association.</p><p>--Editors: Aaron Sheldrick, Peter Langan</p><p>To contact the reporter on this story: Tsuyoshi Inajima in Tokyo at tinajima@bloomberg.net</p><p>To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Langan at plangan@bloomberg.net</p><p>25</p><p>0</p><p>Business ExchangeE-mailPrint</p><p>READER DISCUSSION</p><p>Real-time updating is paused. (Resume)</p><p>Showing 4 comments</p><p>16Recommend</p><p>ShareShare</p><p>16Recommend</p><p>LoginAdd New Comment</p><p>Ha ! There is nothing you can do Chernoble has already effected Alaska Cancer patients are like a revolving door in FBKS, You would not believe the increase in Cancer here in Alaska...</p><p>Tuesday December 6, 2011</p><p>Get our new FREE iPad app now</p><p>co Says More Radioactive Water Leaks at Fukushima Plant - Busin... http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-12-05/tepco-says-more-radi...</p><p> 2 2011-12-06 23:42</p></li><li><p>8/3/2019 Tepco Says More Radioactive Water Leaks at Fukushima Plant - Business Week</p><p> 2/2</p><p>M Subscribe by email S RSS</p><p>About Advertising Custom Publishing EDGE Programs Reprints Terms of Use Disclaimer Privacy Notice Ethics Code Contact Us Site Map</p><p>2011 BLOOMBERG L.P. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. MADE IN NYC</p><p>Japanese government has been known being controlled by her conglomerates / big corporations. One fiasco after another with careless of neighbourhood. The board / senior / reguratory officials should be fired!</p><p>Who's fighting for the right of the commoners?</p><p>we know that does not happen in the US, no corruption at all!</p><p>Common people have no money, thus nobody defends them. Corporations are people, not "Commoners". Welcome to the future, here's your Iodine pill...</p><p>co Says More Radioactive Water Leaks at Fukushima Plant - Busin... http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-12-05/tepco-says-more-radi...</p><p> 2 2011-12-06 23:42</p></li></ul>

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