Japan may dip into budget reserves to fight Fukushima toxic water
TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japan may use emergency reserve funds from this year's budget to help Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, deal with escalating radioactive water problems at the site.
Tokyo Electric, or Tepco, acknowledged last week that hundreds of tonnes of highly radioactive water had leaked from a tank, one of around 350 assembled quickly after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that triggered nuclear meltdowns at the site.
The tanks are used to store water pumped through the reactors to keep fuel in the melted cores from overheating.
The latest revelation is the most serious problem in a series of recent mishaps, including power outages, contaminated workers and other leaks. Tepco also said last month - after repeated denials - that the Fukushima plant was leaking contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean from trenches between the reactor buildings and the shoreline.