(TOKYO) -- There are new fears Thursday that radioactive water may be leaking from Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after a drop in water level was discovered at a wastewater disposal building.
Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the plant, said the latest leak was discovered amid efforts to transfer highly contaminated water from reactors two and three to an improvised storage facility.
The company said the water level in the facility dropped nearly two inches in just 20 hours, meaning nearly 60 tons of water may have leaked from the facility.
The utility has been pumping massive amounts of water in an effort to cool three of Fukushima's reactors, a process TEPCO has said would be completed in three months. Large leaks have already been reported in reactors one and two, and news of this latest leak marks yet another setback in the effort to stabilize the reactors.
Meanwhile, also on Thursday, Greenpeace released new data on the impact these radiation leaks are having on marine life.
After running tests on samples collected near the nuclear power plant, the environmental group found that radiation levels in seaweed were 50 times higher than official limits. It also discovered higher levels of radioactive iodine and caesium in fish and shellfish.
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