Japan readying to release highly radioactive water from Fukushima plant

authorities in Japan are set to release
water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea despite reports that
the water is still highly radioactive after many attempts to decontaminate it
are easing to dozens more despite reports treated water at the Fukushima
nuclear plant needed to be decontaminated even more before it can
be released into the sea the Japan government has decided to release it
anyway the Japan based newspaperman ichishima
buna reports that Japan’s nuclear Regulation Authority chief told
reporters recently that the authority plans to release the water once the
radiation levels are lower however he added the authority doesn’t think more
distillation or dilution will help nor does he think it’s necessary almost 85
percent of the water is set to contain dangerously high levels of radioactive
materials according to the plant’s operator Tokyo Electric Power
Corporation about 160 1,000 tons of the treated water is 10 to 100 times over
the limit for release into the environment and another 65,000 tons is
up to 20 thousand times the limit the release option faced heavy criticism at
town meetings in Fukushima and Tokyo in August when TEPCO and the Japanese
government officials provided little explanation about the contamination
TEPCO says it has the capacity to store up to 1.3 7 million tons of water
through 2020 and it cannot stay at the plant forever
South Korea expressed his concerns over Japan’s decision last week the ocean is
not the property of one country but a share resource of the world
releasing contaminated water into the sea is likely to have a significant
impact on the marine environment and the safety of marine products some experts
say the water can be stored for decades but others say the tanks take up too
much space and could interfere with ongoing decommissioning work which the
Japanese government hopes to finish before the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics
easing Jay Arirang news

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