According to a new article by Reuters, TEPCO knew of the need to install a ground water bypass system back in May of 2011 yet chose to not undertake the project. The US NRC’s hydrology experts told TEPCO in May of 2011 that they should install a groundwater bypass type system uphill of the reactors. TEPCO never acted on this until early 2013. The NRC suggestion seems to indicate the bypass system should have been installed uphill of the plant site itself rather than directly near the reactors.
Reuters, quoting the actual NRC memo on the issue said this:
“Specifically, they said the utility should build first near the high ground above the reactors and start pumping out groundwater before it could reach the site. Such a strategy would “assure that contaminated groundwater is contained“,”
This seems to indicate that the NRC knew the groundwater flows at the plant were contaminating the Pacific yet did nothing in the last 2.5 years to protest, inform the public or otherwise do the right thing on this issue. They too chose to keep TEPCO’s secret while the plant continued to push contaminated water to the sea.
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