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Japan to dump treated water from Fukushima into the sea

Japan will dump the water from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant (northeast) into the sea once it has been treated, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced on Tuesday, despite opposition to the project.

The decision ends seven years of debate on how to dispose of rainwater, underground layers or injections necessary to cool the cores of nuclear reactors that melted as a result of the March 11, 2011 tsunami.

The water will be discharged “after ensuring that it is at a level (of radioactive substances) clearly below safety standards,” said Suga, adding that the government will take “measures” to prevent this from damaging the reputation of the company. region.

Currently around 1.25 million tons of contaminated water are stored in more than a thousand cisterns near the nuclear power plant, in northeast Japan.

It was urgent to make a decision because in the fall of 2022 the limits of water storage capacity could be reached in the place.

The water that will be thrown into the sea in this operation, which will take years, has been filtered several times to remove most of the radioactive substances (radionuclides), but not the tritium, because it cannot be removed with current techniques.

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