19:08 16 September 2013
TEPCO releases rainwater accumulated near tanks following typhoon
TOKYO, Sept. 16, Kyodo
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday it has released rainwater that accumulated during a typhoon between barriers around storage tanks at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant complex to prevent the water overflowing.
The plant operator said it has decided to pump the water into the ocean after finding that the level of radioactive substances in it was below the allowable limit for release into the sea.
TEPCO, fearing that heavy rain caused by Typhoon Man-yi could raise the water level and cause flooding, opened the barriers and released the water mainly through drainage ditches.
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