Fukushima plant operator to seek foreign help on toxic water
Tepco, the operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, is going to seek the advice of foreign decommissioning experts on how to deal with the highly radioactive water leaking from the site.
This comes as the Japanese government is pushing for greater involvement in the clean-up after Tepco acknowledged last week that hundreds of tons of contaminated water had oozed out of the storage tanks that were assembled after the 2011 nuclear meltdowns at the site.
Visiting the plant Monday, Japan's trade and industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi said he would use money from a multi-billion-dollar emergency reserve fund to set up a task force that will take over the clean-up efforts and oversee operations.
He also ordered Tepco to frequently patrol tanks that are at risk of leaking and improve the documentation of inspections.
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