Japan’s nuclear watchdog urges discharge of Fukushima radioactive water into ocean

Plaintiffs that sued TEPCO and the Japanese government in Fukushima, Japan. © Kyodo / Reuters

A final decision to release over a million tons of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima plant should be made “within this year,” as its operator is running out of land to store the waste, Japan’s nuclear regulator said.

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the operator of the Fukushima plant, is short on time to decide what to do with some one million tons of radioactive water it has been storing in hundreds of tanks at the plant, Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority [NRA] Chairman Toyoshi Fuketa told the mayor of Naraha, a town near the stricken facility, on Thursday.

“We will face a new challenge if a decision [about the release] is not made within this year,” Fuketa said, as reported by Japan Today.

Toxic water at the plant is being diluted through a processing system that can remove 62 types of radioactive material except tritium, which, the NRA chairman claimed, is totally safe to the environment. Fukushima potentially leaking radioactive water for 5 months, owners admit “It is scientifically clear that there will be no impact on marine products or to the environment,” […]

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Japan’s nuclear watchdog urges discharge of Fukushima radioactive water into ocean
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Japan’s nuclear watchdog urges discharge of Fukushima radioactive water into ocean
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A decision to release 1+ million tons of radioactive water from Fukushima power plant should be made this year, as operator runs out of land to store the waste. A filter system can remove 62 radioactive materials but not tritium, which Japan's NRA chairman claimed is "totally safe to the environment."
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