Japan is considering a proposal to dump contaminated water from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean because it is running out of storage space at the facility.
Japan’s environment minister Yoshiaki Harada said Tuesday the plan is the “only option” for Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, which has been storing more than 1 million tons of radioactive water since the Fukushima plant was damaged by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami in 2011.
TEPCO has said it will run out of space to store the contaminated water by 2022, though it is unclear how much water Harada is proposing to dump out to sea.
Local fisherman groups, environmental groups, and even neighboring South Korea have slammed the plan because of the risks it poses to the region.
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Contaminated water from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant may have to be released into the ocean because the facility says it will run out of storage space by 2022.
Japan’s environment minister Yoshiaki Harada said Tuesday local time the move was the “only option” for Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, which has been storing more than 1 million tons of radioactive water since the Daiichi nuclear reactor was damaged during an earthquake and subsequent tsunami in 2011.
“The only option will be to drain it into the sea and dilute it,” Harada told press in Tokyo. “The whole of the government will discuss this, but I would like to offer my simple opinion.”
The water was being used to cool nuclear cores in the plant to prevent them from melting. On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake — the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan — struck the Tōhoku region, subsequently triggering powerful aftershocks and a massive tsunami which left over …read more
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