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Japan's quake-crippled nuclear plant "losing faith" in leaking water pits

Published on Apr 9, 2013 3:21 PM
 
A leakage detective unit (centre) and its detection punch unit on an underground water storage tank are seen at Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima, in this undated handout photo and released by Tepco on April 6, 2013. Tepco said on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, it was losing faith in temporary storage pits for radioactive water - but it doesn't have anywhere else to put it. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS/TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER CO

TOKYO (REUTERS) - The company that runs a Japanese nuclear power plant destroyed by a tsunami two years ago said on Tuesday it was losing faith in temporary storage pits for radioactive water - but it doesn't have anywhere else to put it.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) said it had found a suspected new leak at one of the pits at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. If confirmed, that would mean three out of seven storage pits were now leaking, compounding clean-up difficulties after the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years.

"We cannot deny the fact that our faith in the underwater tanks is being lost," Tepco general manager Masayuki Ono told a hastily arranged news conference.

"We can't move all the contaminated water to above ground (tanks) if we opt not to use the underground reservoirs," Ono said. "There isn't enough capacity and we need to use what is available."

 
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