A special panel of experts set up by the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) has begun studying ways to deal with the problem of what to do with contaminated water at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The panel was set up in response to a visit from an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspection team last week. The team said that managing the steady increase of contaminated water would probably be the most challenging task for the plant in the foreseeable future.
After a series of contaminated water leaks were reported at the plant, TEPCO reported that groundwater had been steadily flowing into the reactor buildings' basements, resulting in a continual buildup of contaminated water at a rate of 400 tons per day.
The newly established taskforce held their first meeting on Friday, at which members discussed possible methods for slowing the influx of groundwater, TBS reported Saturday. Among the suggestions mooted was the construction of a groundwater barrier on the mountain-facing side of the reactor buildings.
The nuclear plant's storage tanks already contain around 280,000 tons of liquid radioactive waste. TEPCO is continuing to build more storage tanks, but IAEA team warned that at the current rate of inflow, the amount of contaminated water would double within just a few years.
The government said that it will collate the committee's proposals in May and draw up a construction schedule in June.© Japan Today