The Japanese government has decided to drain the purified radioactive water accumulated in the emergency nuclear power plant вЂњFukushima-1вЂќ, in the ocean, despite the fears of local fishermen and neighboring countries because of the possible negative impact on humans and the environment.
This is reported by Kyodo.
On Tuesday, April 13, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga met with members of his cabinet, including Industry Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama, to formalize the decision taken ten years after the strong earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, which resulted in an accident at a nuclear power plant.
Japanese authorities say the water that is pumped into the destroyed reactors at the Fukushima plant to cool the molten fuel mixed with rain and groundwater is treated with an advanced ALPS treatment system.
This treatment removes most of the radioactive materials, including strontium and cesium, but leaves tritium, which in low concentrations is said to pose little risk to human health. More than 1.25 million tons of purified water are stored in tanks on the territory of the plant.
The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., predicts that the water storage space will run out as early as next fall, which is why the government has been looking for ways to safely dispose of the water.
Concern about the discharge of water from the Fukushima plant into the ocean was expressed yesterday by China and South Korea, which fear a direct and indirect impact on the safety of people and the environment and called on Japan to act responsibly.