Plans made by Japanese authorities to clean up the villages and towns close to the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have been dealt a blow that could see delays of up to three years.
The plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) announced on Sunday that there had been a further spill of water with high levels of toxic radioactive waste after heavy rainfall caused containment tanks to overflow.
Reuters reported on Monday that Tepco had underestimated the rainfall, and as such, was unable to pump out water quick enough.
This is the latest in a string of leaks, spillages and incidents at the plant, which was devastated by the tsunami that hit Japan’s east coast in 2011. The threat of contamination from the subsequent meltdown at the plant led to the creation of exclusion zones around the area.
Around 90,000 who lived nearby were forced to leave their homes, and this further delay means it will be even longer before they are expected to return.
Plant operator Tepco was also heavily criticised for failing to control the situation at the plant. One official said Tepco’s “sense of crisis [was] weak”.
They added, “This is why you can’t just leave it up to Tepco alone [to handle the situation].”
In the wake of the devastation caused by the disaster, many European countries have turned their backs on nuclear power. German chancellor Angela Merkel said she would phase out nuclear power, favouring an energy system that is “safe, reliable and economically viable”.
On Monday, David Cameron announced a deal with French and Chinese investors that will see Britain build its first new nuclear power station in 25 years. The Hinkley C site is expected to be in operation by 2023.
Like our Facebook Page
10 Simple Home Improvement Tips To Create A Green Home Environment
Business Initiatives: Ways to Preserve the Environment
Ultra Simple Guide to Consumer Solar Panel Installation
7 Very Important Steps to Become an Eco-Friendly Dog Owner
The Unbelievable Car Insurance Perks of Being an Eco-friendly Car Owner
5 Very Important Sustainable Guidelines for Home Renovations
9 Essential Elements of Success for Eco-Friendly Food Trucks
Comprehensive Analysis of the Environmental and Financial Benefits of Hybrids
7 Ethical Stocks Looking to Make a Significant Recovery after the Pandemic
Radical Waste Management Solutions Are Essential for Environmental Preservation
An Important Look To The Future of Green Construction
Implementing the Best Sustainable Construction Practices with Timber
The Triumphant Turnaround of Tesla Motors
4 Eco-Friendly Ways to Invest in Your Business
The Terrifying Effects of Polyester on the Environment and Our Health
Understanding the Horrifying Hazards of E-Waste 101
The Terrifying Environmental Footprint Of PPE Disposals
Sustainability is Transforming the Diamond Industry
Massive Technological Advances Create a New Era for Sustainable Farming
4 Sustainable Real Estate Renovations to Complete Before Renting Your Home
- Editors Choice10 months ago
10 Green Companies With Amazing Environmental Initiatives
- Environment11 months ago
How You Can Celebrate An Environmentally Friendly Christmas Or Holiday
- Features10 months ago
5 Sustainable Home Improvement Ideas To Improve Your Home’s Value
- Environment11 months ago
Simple Hacks to Slash Your Environmental Footprint for the Holidays