Opposition pushes back Tepco’s contaminated water discharge
Photo: Contaminated water tanks in the area of the Fukushima nuclear plant (photo taken in December 2019) [URL]
Tepco is delaying its schedule to discharge the contaminated water to the Pacific.
On the 2nd of December, 2021, the Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan announced that Tepco and the government of Japan are facing the obstacles to persuade the local residents, which prevents Tepco from applying the facility plan to the authority.
Those concerned with the fishing industry are the prominent opponents.
The chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority commented it is becoming unrealistic to start the contaminated water release in the spring of 2023. He added that people don’t trust the information from Tepco.
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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.