TEPCO gets approval to release more Fukushima water into the Pacific

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Fukushima Daiichi - 2014 The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) is overwhelmed by the massive amounts of contaminated water piling up at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and 300 tons more is being generated every day. Groundwater passing underneath the nuclear facility is being continually contaminated as is moves through the site and the crippled reactor buildings.

TEPCO’s “subdrain plan” works to pump out the contaminated groundwater and process it to remove some of the radioactive materials.  The utility hopes to be able to process and dump around 150 of the 300 tons of contaminated water being produced daily.

On Tuesday, the National Federation of Fisheries Co-Operative Associations in Japan gave TEPCO the approval required to dump processed groundwater into the Pacific Ocean.  The Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations asked that TEPCO only release water which was under the legal allowable limits for radioactive contamination.

TEPCO officials have stated that the subdrain plan is an imperative part of their efforts to stem the flow of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean and hopes to begin dumping the processed waters as early as next month.

In exchange for approving the release of the water, the fisherman’s association demanded that fisherman be given compensation for as long as the disaster impacts their operations.

The fisherman’s approval was given at the same time as a report from a third-party panel of experts criticized TEPCO for not releasing all available data related to leaks of contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi plant.  “There is an organizational culture at the company for officials to avoid clarifying where responsibility lies and implementing planned countermeasures,” the report said.

Source: The Asahi Shimbun

Source: The Japan Times

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  1. This is insanity… Every single day there is radioactive water leeking & intentionally being dumped Into our ocean…. Japan is totaly irresponsible for its assult on the earth. We must demand truth, intelligent control of the3x melt down facility, and a world wide effort to get this radioactive bombardment under control from the gov. Of Japan. They have proven to be criminals in there approach to this, the largest nuclear assult on the world…

  2. I don’t have a problem with it as long as it is filtered. Only water radioactive or not should go into the ocean. Why allow radioactive water? Because the isotopes of hydrogen and oxygen that are radioactive are short lived. When spread out as well, the impact should be very modest to non existent.

    They should use reverse osmosis to insure that no radioactive metals or other elements are also released both for their radioactive effects and chemical effects.

    And preferably premixed and slowly released. If done responsibly, it could be at close to normal background radiation levels.

  3. Oh yeah!!..Right! !!..Compensate the fisherman and the other workers in the industry and that’s all they gotta do??!!..That’s pretty dumb if they want more$$ too!!..

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