Japan government considering support for Tepco on Fukushima water problem: METI official

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Posted: Aug 06, 2013 8:43 PM
Japan government considering support for Tepco on Fukushima water problem: METI official

TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese government is considering whether to support Tokyo Electric Power Co Ltd, the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, in dealing with the growing toxic water problem on the site, an official at the economy and trade ministry said on Wednesday.

The ministry takes the water problem "very seriously" and is mulling ways to assist the beleaguered utility, said the government official, who declined to be named. The official did not confirm whether government support would be paid for by taxpayers.

Tokyo Electric, also known as Tepco, is taking various countermeasures to block radioactive groundwater from seeping into the Pacific Ocean. A Nuclear Regulation Authority official this week called the water problem an "emergency" and called for more action to prevent the water from flowing into the ocean.

(Reporting by Mari Saito; Edited by Edmund Klamann)