Despite protests from fishermen, the Japanese government wants to drain filtered cooling water from the Fukushima-Daiichi (Fukushima-I) nuclear ruin into the sea. The reason is that there is gradually no more space to store the water on the site of the nuclear power plant that was destroyed in 2011 as a result of an earthquake and tsunami. Japanese media reported on Friday that after seven years of debate about what to do with the water stored in huge tanks, a decision could be made this month. But since construction measures are necessary for the water to drain into the sea and an assessment by the nuclear supervisory authority must first be made, it could take about two years before the drainage could begin, the reports said.
(See also from September 2019 https://www.ianfairlie.org/news/should-tepco-japanese-government-dump-tritium-contaminated-water-from-fukushima-into-the-sea/)
Sueddeutsche Zeitung 16th Oct 2020 read more »
Japan ‘will dump more than a million tonnes of radioactive water into the sea’ in clean-up at Fukushima nuclear plant destroyed by 2011 tsunami. About 1.23million tonnes of contaminated water are stored at the wrecked plant; Reports say Japan plans to dump the water in a process that could take decades; Fishermen have voiced concerns that worried buyers will boycott local seafood; Clean-up likely to continue into the 2040s or 2050s after 2011 catastrophe.
Daily Mail 16th Oct 2020 read more »