A new leak at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant has spilled 100 metric tons of contaminated water into the earth, Reuters reported.
The Feb. 19 leak was the most severe since last August, though the Tokyo Electric Power Co insists that the contaminated water was unlikely to reach the ocean. The leak originated from a large storage tank after a valve had been mistakenly left open.
The incident has sparked further criticism toward the utility company, whose response to the 2011 meltdown has been scrutinized by the government and public.
Leaked water from the latest incident has been measured at 230 million becquerels of radioactive isotopes per liter. The legal limit is 30 becquerels per liter.