Edano backs fisherman over TEPCO – Releasing radioactive water into ocean not allowed

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Japanese industry minister Yukio Edano on Tuesday called into question the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant operator’s plan to release low-level radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean, saying doing so without consent from fishermen should not be allowed.

“It should not be socially allowed that (the operator) goes ahead (with the plan) before gaining agreement from people involved in the fishery industry,” Edano said at a press conference.

The utility known as TEPCO said the water would be released only after it clears the country’s legal concentration limit for radioactive substances, including strontium, but domestic fisheries cooperatives fiercely oppose the plan.

Source: Mainichi

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