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Japan:Increasing treated water becomes another headache

Friday, December 9, 2011

Laaska news  Dec. 9, 2011

Rising amounts of water which has low-levels of radioactivity is starting to be a burden for the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

The utility was considering releasing the water into the sea but it postponed the decision due to strong protests from the fishery industry.

The liquid builds up as the Fukushima Daiichi plant decontaminates and reuses water to cool the reactor.

Despite the reuse, the volume of treated water is expanding. Underground water has also penetrated into the facilities’ basements, contaminating it.

The utility says storage tanks that have capacity of 160,000 tons will be full by March.

Tokyo Electric is planning to discharge the treated water into the sea after decontaminating it further to the level below the government limit.

But it failed to include the plan in its 3-year schedule of plant management that was submitted Thursday to the government nuclear safety agency.

This was because of strong opposition from a national association of fisheries cooperatives that fears consumers will stop buying fish.

The utility says it will listen to various opinions but must decide soon.


Laaska News.