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Tritium levels reach new high at Fukushima nuclear plant

Tritium levels reach new high at Fukushima nuclear plant 12 Sep 2013 The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant said on Friday it found elevated readings of tritium in groundwater near tanks that are holding hundreds of metric tons of contaminated radioactive water at the site. Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) said tritium levels in water taken from a well close to a number of storage tanks holding irradiated water rose to 97,000 becquerels per liter on Wednesday from 64,000 becquerels/liter measured at the same location a day earlier. Tepco said last month that 300 metric tons of highly radioactive water leaked from one of the hastily built steel tanks at the plant.