Radioactive groundwater has been found under the Fukushima nuclear power plant. ABC News reports on Aug. 23 that the groundwater is slowly leaking closer to the Pacific. An underground reservoir has formed and is threatening the ocean.
The Fukushima power plant was damaged from the 2011 tsunami, and several leaks have been found. The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) is accused of not doing enough to deal with the leaks and radioactive groundwater. Researchers are concerned the contamination is spreading and will be impossible to control.
The storage tanks at the nuclear power plant are leaking, and it appears little is being done to stop them. Several experts believe that the radioactive groundwater situation is worse than the Tokyo Electric Power Co. wants to admit. Fishing is still banned near the area, but the radioactive water will mix with the Pacific and can have a lasting impact. Fish are still testing positive for radioactive cesium.
TEPCO has made multiple promises about cleaning up the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The company has created a series of systems to deal with cooling the plant and storing the contaminated water. TEPCO continues to insist that the underground reservoir is not being created by the reactor. “So far, we don't have convincing data that confirm a leak from the turbine buildings,” states TEPCO. The radioactive water has been getting closer to the Pacific and is moving at a rate of 13 feet a month. At this point, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. has not been able to stop it.