tokyo electric dumps radioactive water into ocean - absorbent polymer powder
Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Company has begun dumping 11,500 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.
Try to make room for more high radioactive runoff at Fukushima Daiichi.
The company began releasing radioactive iodine-contaminated water into the ocean at around 7: 00 on Monday night, 100 times the legal cap.
An electric power company official was thrilled at a news conference to announce his intention to start dumping water when he apologized to the Japanese people.
Troubled power companies are trapped in a cycle that will only produce more and more radioactive runoff before the cooling systems of each reactor in Fukushima go back online.
Since Level 9
On March 11, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan forced Tepco staff to pour water into reactors and spent fuel pools to prevent fuel from melting.
Even so, at least partial melting may have occurred in multiple reactors.
Before the electric cooling system is repaired, the worker cannot stop flooding the damaged reactor core or spent fuel pool, but there is no place to go for all the runoff generated by the process.
The contaminated water was released to the Pacific because TEPCO was unable to prevent the leakage of highly radioactive runoff directly from the area known as pit near reactor 2 into the ocean.
In the last two days, workers poured cement, a very absorbent polymer, sawdust, and even newspapers into the pit to try to stop the leak, but so far, nothing has worked.
Efforts to track leaks using milk white dyes also failed.
The Japanese government has agreed to release less radioactive water into the ocean, just as a final option for handling runoff.
The goal is to make more space for the storage of highly contaminated water by emptying the radioactive lower water into the sea.
"We already know that the water in Unit 2 is highly radiant," said Yukio Edano, chief cabinet secretary . ".
"In order to give priority to preventing water from leaking into the sea as early as possible, we will release the water stored in the external building of the unit, which unfortunately also contains radioactive but far below highly contaminated water.
"In order to control the contaminated water near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company said it would
Known as the silt barrier in the ocean around polluted waters.
While barriers cannot prevent radioactive particles from leaking out, hopefully they can help control enough current to minimize this leakage.
Experts say radioactive runoff in the Pacific Ocean will be diluted enough to not pose a threat to humans, but it is not yet known what the impact of pollution on marine life in the region is.
Increase in iodine content-4,385 times the legal limit--
It was discovered late last week near the factory.