It seems that whenever the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan appears to be under control, something new happens to set back progress. The plant’s operator just discovered the worst leak since the alarming string of leaks that took place last year. Tokyo Electric Power Company says that the leak probably hasn’t reached the water, but at least 100 tons of radioactive water escaped from a holding tank into the surrounding area.

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Ever since the devastating 2011 Tōhoku earthquake shook the area, the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant has been subject to numerous leaks and controversies. Most recently, the utility company known as Tepco has been criticized for delaying the release of strontium-90 levels in local groundwater despite demands from regulators.

The latest leak was discovered after a patroller noticed dripping water off the side of a tank. Tepco says that the water leaked as a result of a valve remaining open by mistake, overfilling the holding area. The company has apologized for the incident and assures people that they are “taking measures” to resolve the situation, according to a spokeswoman for the company.

Via Huffington Post

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