08 Dec '11, 9am

Japan plant operator mulls new nuclear water dump

Japan plant operator mulls new nuclear water dump

TOKYO: Japan's embattled Tokyo Electric Power Co. said on Thursday it was considering dumping more nuclear-contaminated water from the Fukushima power plant into the sea. If TEPCO goes ahead with the plan it would be the second time it has deliberately released radiation-tainted water into the ocean since reactors began melting down at Fukushima in the wake of the March 11 tsunami. "We have stored processed water in tanks, which are expected to become full by March next year," said a TEPCO spokesman. He said no final details - such as when, how much, or how dirty the water would be - have been established, but stressed the water would be filtered to reduce levels of radioactivity before it was dumped. Thousands of tonnes of water have been pumped into reactors at Fukushima in an effort to cool the molten nuclear fuel and bring the plant to a safe shutdown. "We are studying...

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