Two years after the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, contaminated water is pouring into the ocean at the rate of 300 tons a day, government officials said Wednesday. The new leak, less than 150 miles from Tokyo, is capable of filling an Olympic swimming pool in just seven days. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to get the government involved in stopping the leak, calling the problem an “urgent issue.” The radioactive water was dumped there by TEPCO as an emergency move in the aftermath of the disaster. The company has reportedly built underwater chemical walls to stop the leaks, but they don’t appear to be working.
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