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Fukushima nuclear plant to start releasing treated radioactive water to sea as early as Aug. 24

Fukushima nuclear plant (symbolic picture)
Fukushima nuclear plant (symbolic picture)

 

Fukusima (August 23,2023) : The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan will start releasing treated radioactive water to the sea as early as August 24, the plant's operator said on Wednesday. The water has been stored in tanks at the plant since the 2011 nuclear disaster, and it is now reaching its capacity. The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO), has said that it is safe to release the water after it has been treated to remove most of the radioactive isotopes.

The decision to release the water has been met with opposition from local residents and environmental groups, who are concerned about the potential impact on the marine environment. TEPCO has said that it will monitor the water as it is released and will take steps to mitigate any potential risks. The release of the water is a controversial decision, but it is seen as a necessary step to prevent the tanks from overflowing. The tanks are currently storing about 1.25 million tons of treated water, and they are expected to reach their capacity by the end of the year.

The release of the water is expected to take several years, and it will be done in a controlled manner. The water will be released through a pipe that will extend about 2 kilometers into the sea. TEPCO has said that it will continue to monitor the water as it is released and will take steps to mitigate any potential risks. The company has also said that it will provide information about the release to the public.


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