TEPCO workers tried to plug the Fukushima leak with shredded paper after an attempt using cement failed. “From the afternoon, the workers began pouring polymeric powder, sawdust, newspaper – things we could think of to clog up the holes,” nuclear safety agency spokesman Hidehiko Nishiyama told the Telegraph.While TEPCO tries to stop the leak, they are also trying to dispose of less radioactive water. TEPCO said Monday it will release approximately 11,500 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean in an effort to clean out the plants, according to WSJ.com.
The material is being let into the ocean because TEPCO needs to move even more toxic material from the turbine room of the plant, into the processing facility.
This news comes just a day after the government announced it could take months to stabilise the situation at Fukushima, and TEPCO released an image of radioactive water flowing into the ocean.
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