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Japan sees no safety problem with Fukushima plant tainted water

Tokyo, Aug. 28 (Jiji Press) — Contaminated underground water at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s <9501> crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is not flowing out at a level harmful to public safety, Japan’s industry ministry has said.

The evaluation, released on Tuesday, was made in answer to an inquiry from South Korea.

On Aug. 19, South Korea asked Japan to explain its policy on the disposal of polluted water at the plant, the site of triple reactor meltdowns caused by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, as well as on the release of treated water still containing tritium, a radioactive material, into the ocean.

Regarding what to do with treated water stored at tanks at the plant, the ministry said the government has yet to reach a detailed conclusion, with a related panel of experts still holding discussions on the matter.

The ministry stressed that the government has responded to South Korean inquiries sincerely, noting that it has given the Asian neighbor explanations four times in total since October 2018 on the most recent situations of contaminated water.

In response, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said that such water must be disposed of in a way that does not have negative effects on nationals of both countries and surrounding marine environments.

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