Minister: Radioactive water will have to be dumped into sea:The Asahi Shimbun

11 Septembre, 2019, 04:08 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Japan will have to dump radioactive water into Pacific as Fukushima runs out of storage tanks

Japan's environment minister has said the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant may dump huge quantities of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.

The quake and subsequent tsunami killed more than 15,000 people and caused extensive damage to infrastructure across Japan.

The utility says it will run out of space by 2022.

The water collected from cooling pipes used to keep fuel cores from melting at the plant is cleaned using an Advanced Liquid Processing System.

"The only option will be to drain it into the sea and dilute it", the environment minister, Yoshiaki Harada, told a news briefing in Tokyo.

'The whole of the government will discuss this, but I would like to offer my simple opinion'.

The aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku quake and tsunami.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a separate briefing that what Harada said was his personal opinion.

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Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, says it received electricity from other utilities on Tuesday as demand for power jumped amid scorching weather. Radioactive water from the damaged reactors has leaked and mixed with groundwater and rainwater from the plant.

"The Japanese govt has been offered with technical alternatives, alongside side from USA nuclear corporations, for eliminating radioactive tritium from the nefarious water - to date it has chosen for monetary and political causes to brush aside these".

The power plant has been holding more than 1 million tons of water, that's slightly radioactive, in more almost 1,000 tanks since the disaster in 2011.

Tritium, an isotope, can not be removed from the water stored in the tanks, the broadcaster also noted.

Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency stated that Japan has to make an urgent decision about the water.

Radioactive water from the plant has been filtered through the Advanced Liquid Processing System, which removes highly radioactive substances like strontium and caesium but leaves in the less unsafe tritium, according to TEPCO.

"The South Korean government is perfectly aware of the affect of the cure of the contaminated h2o from the Fukushima nuclear ability plant on the wellbeing and protection of the individuals of equally countries, and to the full country", mentioned a South Korean ministry press launch. That requires injecting enormous quantities of water.



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