Radioactive Leaks in Japan

Posted by judy

Sep23

The importance of installing quality drainage systems has come into sharp focus again recently, due to the on-going problems at the troubled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. After the disastrous nuclear meltdown in 2011, it had been hoped that the area was gradually becoming more stabilised thanks to the work of highly dedicated and courageous staff at the site. However, workers have had to rush to check the 300 tanks currently storing extremely dangerous and radioactive water at the plant, amongst fears that one has sprung a leak into the Pacific Ocean.

Over 300 tonnes of seriously toxic liquid is believed to have been released from a water tank which was used to help cool the broken reactors at the plant in 2011. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) is responsible for operating the plant, and has warned that some of the poisonous fluids may have escaped. Spokesman Tsuyoshi Numajiri said:

“We are hurriedly checking if some 300 tanks of the same type holding contaminated water have the same leak problem. We have finished pumping out water from the troubled tank, while we have continued removing the soil soaked by the water.”

Traces of radioactivity were detected in a drainage system flowing from the plant, and as such it is believed that some of the waste may have indeed been released into the sea. Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) chairman Shunichi Tanaka has voiced a concern that if one tank has leaked it stands to reason that the same problem could occur in the other tanks. The situation is incredibly volatile due to the nature of the liquids involved. TEPCO has admitted that some puddles of water near the tank would expose a human to the same amount of radiation in one hour that a worker at a nuclear plant in Japan would be allowed to receive in five years.

When installing drainage gullies it is important to ensure that the work is carried out to meet the very highest standards. No matter whether you need channel drainage in your own home or at a nuclear power plant, it pays to use the best quality materials possible. Whilst TEPCO have admitted to the struggles that they have faced in dealing with the Fukushima disaster, the current big concern is to identify the source of the potential leaks. Once this has been identified steps can be taken to contain the damages.

Fortunately, Fukushima has access to some of the best engineers in the world. The impact of radioactive waste being released into the sea has the potential to affect the food chain all over the world. It is essential that the problem is contained as quickly as possible. Drains and storage tanks need to be checked on a regular basis to ensure that they are staying in tip top condition. The issue of toxic waste will always be a controversial one. However, at this current point in time the main hope is that the Fukushima workers will be able to prevent more damage.

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