TOKYO, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Some 300 tons of highly-contaminated water from a leaky storage tank at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant may be removed later Wednesday, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co..
The company reported the leak on Tuesday, which led the Nuclear Regulation Authority to consider raising the severity assessment of the event to level 3 from the initial level 1. Level 3 on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale is defined as a "serious incident."
TEPCO is currently transferring water from the tank to other tanks nearby. The utility confirmed it will be safe, adding the tanks are of the same type.