The decision to release radioactive material from the Fukushima plant into the ocean “has been made.” Fishermen have reacted with fury to the decision, claiming it will devastate their already struggling industry, and also cause great harm to wildlife. Under the plan, the radioactive material tritium (used to cool reactors with damaged cooling system’s from the 2011 tsunami) will be released into the Pacific Ocean.
“I’m very sorry that Tepco has been prolonging making a decision,” the new chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) Takashi Kawamura said. “We could have decided much earlier, and that is Tepco’s responsibility.” The plan still requires the approval of the Japanese government before TEPCO can proceed. 770,000 tons of tritium are currently stored in 580 tanks at the plant. Toxic water at the plant is currently being treated through a processing system which can purportedly remove 62 different types of radioactive material, except tritium.
The local fishermen cooperative bashed the plan, saying it also wasn’t discussed with local residents. “Releasing (tritium) into the sea will create a new wave of unfounded rumors, making our efforts all for naught,” Kanji Tachiya, head of a local fishermen cooperative, said. Three of the nuclear power plant’s six reactors’ cooling systems were crippled by flooding caused by a tsunami in 2011, making the disaster the worst since the Chernobyl catastrophe in the USSR in 1986.
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