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Japan’s nuclear regulator approves plan to discharge treated Fukushima water

  • May 19, 2022
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All national dailies wrote that Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority approved on Wednesday a plan to discharge treated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the sea. The plan will be officially approved in July at the earliest after going through a public comment process. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the operator of the plant, will need to gain consent from the municipalities hosting the power complex to start building the water discharge facilities. The water will be diluted with seawater to 1/40th of the concentration of tritium permitted under Japan’s safety standards and discharged 1 kilometer off the power plant via an underwater pipeline.

 

Yomiuri wrote that Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hagiuda held talks with visiting International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Grossi on Wednesday and that the two officials confirmed close cooperation between the GOJ and the IAEA in monitoring TEPCO’s discharge of treated water from the Fukushima plant. Grossi reportedly told Hagiuda that the IAEA review of the safety of the treated water will assure people around the world that it will not have a harmful impact on public health or the environment. The papers added, however, that local fishermen remain opposed to the discharge plan.

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