Radioactive Fukushima water set for sea

World | REUTERS 11 Sep 2019

Tokyo Electric Power will have to dump radioactive water from its wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant directly into the Pacific Ocean, Japan's environment minister said.

Since the plant was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011, Tokyo Electric has collected in tanks more than 1 million tons of contaminated water from cooling pipes used to keep fuel cores from melting. But it will run out of space by 2022.

"The only option will be to drain it into the sea," Yoshiaki Harada said.

A final decision on disposing of the tainted water awaits a report from an expert panel. But a green light to dump in the sea would anger neighbors such as South Korea, which last month demanded that Japan explain how it will deal with Fukushima water.

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