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article imageOil leaking into sea from Fukushima

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By KJ Mullins     May 31, 2011 in Environment
There's more bad news coming out from the doomed Fukushima power plant. On Tuesday it was reported that the facility's reactors are leaking oil into the sea.
BNO News reports that Tepco (Tokyo Electric Power Co.) confirmed that reactors from Fukushima have been leaking oil on Tuesday. The company says that they will be setting up oil fences to prevent the leak's spread into the Pacific Ocean.
Workers discovered the leak this morning at 8:00 a.m. as they patrolled the plant's premises on the coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean. The spread is at the 200 to 300 meter range inside breakwaters reports Mainichi Daily News.
When the earthquake took place on march 11 a tanker was delivering oil. One of the tanks was moved from its regular location from the force of the tsunami.
It is thought that the oil leak is from the Number 5 and 6 reactors or the pipes that deliver the oil. Each tank has a 960-kiloliter capacity. It is unclear how full the leaking tanks are.
There was no evidence of the leak at 5 p.m. Monday.
Japan Times reports Akio Koyama, a professor at Kyoto University's Research Reactor Institute says that it is unlikely that the oil is contaminated with radioactive materials. According to Koyama ionic cesium usually dissolves in water.
It was also announced Tuesday that the head of the government taskforce on the Fukushima disaster, Motohisa Ikeda has been in hospital since May 19. A senior bureaucrat of the nuclear safety agency has been heading the effort in his absence.
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