Japan may have to dump contaminated Fukushima water into the Pacific

September 10, 2019 – Singapore’s Straits Times is reporting today that “Japan’s environment minister said today he saw ‘no choice’ but to discharge treated contaminated water from the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean, as storage space is likely to run out by 2022.”

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Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada, expected to be replaced in a Cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, told a news conference: “I believe there’s no choice but to dump the water (into the ocean) and dilute it.”

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Mr. Harada was expressing his “personal opinion”. He stressed no decision has yet been made and the government is looking at all factors, ‘including social aspects like reputational damage’.

Tokyo Electric Power, which runs the Fukushima plant, said it was not in a position to decide what to do but will follow the policy set by the government. Tokyo is also considering other options, such as encasing the water in cement and burying it and vaporizing the water into the air as steam.

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