On 13th April, the Japanese government approved the decision to discharge radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi site into the Pacific Ocean over the next two years. The announcement came after March marked ten years since the most powerful earthquake and subsequent tsunami recorded in the country, which led to the disastrous INES Level 7 nuclear accident at the site. The decision proved to be controversial and immediately attracted critical voices and concerns from both Japan and nations and organisations around the world. The powerful 2011 earthquake led to a triple-meltdown of the plant’s reactor cores. In order to maintain the stability of the power plant’s reactor, cooling water has been constantly drawn into the plant and, when mixed with rainwater and underground water collected in the plant, became contaminated by radioactive material. Large amounts of water were released into the ocean during the disaster, and in subsequent years more were released, both intentionally and due to leakages.
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Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to add 23 storage tanks with a total capacity of about 30,000 tons for the processed radioactive water accumulating at its crippled Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant. TEPCO announced the plan on May 27. It comes as the power company aims to repurpose some of its existing tanks, also with a total capacity of 30,000 tons, to prepare treated radioactive water for release into the sea. The plant’s total storage capacity will effectively increase to about 1.4 million tons. The utility company said the tanks should be filled by around the spring of 2023.
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