Fukushima fisheries associations turned down Tepco’s discharging ground water

On 4/26/2013, Fukushima Diary reported “Tepco is about to discharge pumped ground water to sea, “They won’t remove 21,000 Bq/m3 of Tritium” [URL]”


According to Tepco, they are ready to discharge pumped ground water to the sea.

Currently 400 tones of ground water flows to the plant everyday. To control this water, Tepco made 12 wells to pump up the water before flowing to the plant.

Tepco is now ready to discharge the water pumped from 4 of 12 wells. They state they only need the “approvals” of the stakeholders.

The water is not purified before discharge. They only analyze the nuclides.


On 5/13/2013, Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fishries Co-operative Associations decided not to approve the request of Tepco to discharge the ground water. The associations stated some of the members don’t distinguish ground water and contaminated retained water.

Tepco commented they will continue to convince the associations.





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Les associations de pêcheurs de Fukushima ont refusé de donner leur accord à Tepco pour déverser les eaux souterraines en mer


Le 26 avril 2013, Le Fukushima Diary publiait dans Tepco est sur le point de déverser en mer les eaux souterraines pompées. Ils ne retireront pas les 21 000 Bq/m³ de tritium :

Selon Tepco, ils sont prêts à déverser les eaux pompées du sous-sol dans la mer.

400 tonnes d’eaux souterraines s’écoulent actuellement chaque jour vers la centrale. Tepco a foré 12 puits pour pomper ces eaux avant qu’elles n’inondent la centrale.
Tepco est prêt à présent à déverser en mer ces eaux pompées depuis 4 de ces 12 puits. Ils affirment qu’ils ont seulement besoin de “l’accord” des parties concernées.
L’eau n’est pas purifiée avant d’être déversée en mer. Ils se contentent d’en analyser les nucléides.

Le 13 mai 2013, La Fédération préfectorale des Associations des coopératives de Pêche de Fukushima (Prefectural Federation of Fishries Co-operative Associations) a décidé de ne pas soutenir la demande de Tepco de déverser en mer les eaux souterraines. Les associations affirment que certains de leurs membres ne font pas la différence entre l’eau souterraine et les eaux radioactives stockées.

Tepco a déclaré qu’ils allaient continuer à convaincre les associations.

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This website updates the latest news about the Fukushima nuclear plant and also archives the past news from 2011. Because it's always updated and added live, articles, categories and the tags are not necessarily fitted in the latest format.
I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


May 2013