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Nuclear plant contaminating ocean, regulator says

TOKYO — Japan’s nuclear watchdog said Wednesday that the crippled Fukushima power plant is probably leaking contaminated water into the ocean, a problem long suspected by experts but denied by the plant’s operator.

Officials from the Nuclear Regulation Authority said a leak is ‘‘strongly suspected’’ and urged plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. to determine where the water is leaking from and assess the environmental and other risks, including the impact on the food chain. The watchdog said it would form a panel of experts to look into ways to contain the problem.

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