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[matsuo. kenji@wash.tepco. com] on behalf of matsuo.kenji@tepco.co.jp Monday, April 04, 2011 11 50 AM matsuo.kenji@tepco.co.jp TEPCO Earthquake Information Update on April 4: Fukushima-Daiichi Status

Dear Friends, Please take a look for updates at Fukushima-Daiichi NPS. (1) Discharge of low level radioactive accumulated water in the Fukushima Daiichi NPS to the sea (2) Outflow of fluid containing radioactive materials to the sea from areas near intake channel of Fukushima Daiichi NPS Unit 2 (3) Missing TEPCO Employees at Fukushima Daiichi NPS

Contacts: TEPCO Washington Office 202-457-0790 Kenji Matsuo, Director and General Manager Yuichi Nagano, Deputy General Manager, Masayuki Yamamoto, Manager, Nuclear Power Programs

(1) Discharge of low level radioactive accumulated water in the Fukushima Daiichi NPS to the sea There is currently great amount of radioactive waste water in the turbine buildings of the Fukushima Daiichi NPS and especially the turbine building of Unit 2 has extremely high level radioactive waste water. We think it is necessary to transfer the radioactive waste water to the Central Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility in order to store it in a stable condition. However, ten thousand tons of low level radioactive waste water has been already stored and we have to discharge the existing low level radioactive waste water to receive new liquids. In addition, as low radioactive subsurface water is piling up in sub drain pits of Unit 5 and 6 and a part ol subsurface water is running into buildings, important equipment to secure the safety of reactors will be submerged. Based on the Section 1 of the Article 64 of the Nuclear Reactor Regulation Law, we have decided to discharge to the sea approximately ten thousand tons of the accumulated low level radioactive water and a total of 1,500 tons of the low level radioactive subsurface water stored in the sub drain pits of Unit 5 and 6. We evaluate approximately 0.6 mSv of effective radioactive doses per year for adults as the impact on the discharge of the low radioactive waste water to the sea if they eat adjacent fish and seaweeds every day. The amount (0.6 mSv of effective radioactive doses per year) is one-forth of annual radioactive dose to which the general public is exposed in nature.
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Afterwards, we were preparing to discharge the low radioactive waste water to the sea. We started discharging the low radioactive waste water stored in the Central Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility to the sea at 7:00 pm on April 4h. In addition, at 9:00 pm on April 4, we started discharging the low level radioactive subsurface water stored in the sub drain pits to the sea.

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(2) Outflow of fluid containing radioactive materials to the sea from areas near intake channel of Fukushima Daiichi NPS Unit 2 On April 2, at around 9:30 am, TEPCO detected water containing radiation dose over 1,000 mSv/h in the pit* where supply cables are stored near the intake channel of Unit 2. Furthermore, there was a crack about 20 cm on the concrete lateral of the pit, from where the water in the pit was outflowing. At around 12:20 pm, we reaffirmed the event at the scene. We have implemented sampling of the water in the pit, together with the seawater in front of the bar screen near the pit. These samples were sent to Fukushima Daini NPS for analysis. In addition to seawater sampling conducted in the coastal areas of Fukushima Daiichi /Daini NPS (sampling conducted at 4 points), we have initiated additional seawater sampling at 3 points in the areas 15 km offshore from the relevant power stations. Taking into account the result of these monitoring, we are intending to conduct a comprehensive assessment. In order to block the leakage, we have injected concrete to fill up the pit and close the crack. But it turned out that leakage into the sea still continues. Then we tried to plug the path by putting sawdust, polymer and newspaper into the path from the afternoon on April 3. The water still keep -spilling into the sea. This morning (April 4th), from 7:08 to 7:11 am, tracer (opaque white powder) was poured into the pit through the horizontal shaft of the trench for seawater piping and began to investigate the water path. The amount of tracer power was approx 13kg. We will investigate the influx route of contaminated water in the pit and implement 'necessary measures to prevent such influx. *pit: a shaft made of concrete

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(3) Missing TEPCO Employees at Fukushima Daiichi NPS Due to the Tohoku-Taiheiyou-Oki Earthquake which occurred on March 1 1 th 2011, two TEPCO employees, who had been working at the turbine building of Unit 4 for site investigation, went missing. We had put all our efforts to search them, and approximately at 3:25 pm and at 3:53 pm, March 30, those employees were found at the basement of the turbine building and we confirmed their death on March 31. We would like to offer our deep regret that our employees died while working at the plant and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.