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Disposal of toxic water at Fukushima nuclear plant still problematic

  • March 19, 2019
  • , Asahi
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Asahi carried a prominent inside-page article on the ongoing difficulties in disposing of the massive volume of radioactive water being stored at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, noting that although over 1 million tons of contaminated water is currently housed in some 950 makeshift tanks built on the plant premises for final disposal, a proposal by TEPCO and METI of diluting the water and discharging it into the ocean has become unfeasible due to strong opposition from local fishermen. Since the makeshift tanks at the plant can only hold 370,000 additional tons of water, they are expected to be full by the end of next year as some 100 tons of radioactive water is still produced per day. As the utility and the central government have not been able to come up with a viable plan for the final disposal of the toxic water, local residents and officials are apprehensive that it may be released into the ocean in the end without their consent.       

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