Japan Wants To Dump Fukushima Water In Ocean

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Fox News – Massive amounts of toxic water from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan has to be dumped into the Pacific Ocean because the facility is running out of space, the country’s environment minister said Tuesday.

Three reactors at the plant suffered meltdowns in the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Radioactive water from the damaged reactors has leaked and mixed with groundwater and rainwater.

The water is treated, but remains slightly toxic and has been stored in large tanks. Nearly 1,000 of them hold more than 1 million tons of water.

But Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said last month it’s running out of space for the radioactive water.

Yoshiaki Harada, Japan’s environmental minister, said that because of the lack of space, TEPCO will have to dump the toxic water into the Pacific.

“The only option will be to drain it into the sea and dilute it,” Harada said. He didn’t elaborate as to how much water he thought would be dumped.

Japan last week tried to reassure foreign diplomats about safety at the plant amid safety concerns, especially as Japan tries to get countries to lift restrictions on food imports from the Fukushima area ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics … Read more.