Excerpted from U.S. experts: significant water contamination in Japan
By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent, Reuters
, Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:58pm EDT
roundwater, reservoirs and sea water around Japan's earthquake damaged nuclear plant face "significant contamination" from the high levels of radiation leaking from the plant, a worrying development that heightens potential health risks in the region.
Nuclear and environmental scientists in the United States darkened their assessment of the risks markedly on Monday after operators at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant said that highly radioactive water has entered underground concrete tunnels extending beyond the reactor.