- Plutonium detected underground near Fukushima reactor — Test results not revealed publicly for almost a year after sampling date — Officials plan to pump up groundwater from same well it was found in and dump it into Pacific Ocean (PHOTO) (ENENews, Aug 13, 2014):
Kyodo News, Aug 11, 2014: Plan filed to build toxic water dumping facility at Fukushima plant [...] TEPCO plans to conduct performance tests next week [...] using water it will start pumping up on a trial basis Tuesday [...] Radioactive substances [...] have been detected in some water samples from the wells. TEPCO says it aims to clean the water to a level that would do no harm to the environment, but tritium will remain untreated as no water treatment facility at the plant is capable of removing the substance.
South China Morning Post, Aug 13, 2014: Tepco began pumping up groundwater from beneath the Fukushima plant [and it] intends to test the radioactivity of the water and examine whether levels can be reduced. [...] fishermen are expected to voice opposition. The government is likely to step in to provide additional subsidies to help sway the fishermen. Continue reading »