– Japan Officials: Nuclear “event” at Fukushima from radioactive release into ocean? -AP (ENENews, Sep 16, 2013):
Associated Press, Sept. 16, 2013: […] As a preventive step, workers […] were pumping away rainwater that was pooling around hundreds of storage tanks containing radioactive water. [Tepco] said the rainwater was being released to the ocean and was believed to be untainted. Tepco said it was pumping away the water to reduce the risk of flooding and potential tank leaks mixing with rainwater, then seeping into the soil or flowing into the sea. The government’s Nuclear Regulation Authority, however, said the pumping and release of the rainwater into the ocean was possibly ‘‘an event’’ subject to reporting under nuclear safety rules. Tepco said the radioactivity in the released water was within allowed discharge limits, but duty regulators at the plant were checking. […]
International Science Times, Sept. 16, 2013: […] working around the clock to avoid the risk of tank leaks […] workers pump accumulating rain water that has been pooling around hundreds of storage tanks that contain radioactive water. Should the tanks puncture, radioactive water will mix with rainwater and seep into the soil or flow into the sea. […]
In areas where water samples were highly toxic, however, Tepco took a different approach and transferred it elsewhere through makeshift pumps. One of those areas contained rainwater that was emitting 170,000 becquerels per liter, far higher than allowed.