04 Apr '11, 8am

Japan to dump 11,500 tons of radioactive water at sea

Japan to dump 11,500 tons of radioactive water at sea

TOKYO: Japan plans to dump 11,500 tons of radioactive water at sea to free up storage space for more highly contaminated water at its crippled nuclear plant, the plant's operator said on Monday. A spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), operator of the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, said the water was only weakly radioactive. "Highly radioactive waste water has been accumulated at turbine buildings at Fukushima Daiichi, especially at the reactor unit 2," the official told reporters. "There is a need to release already stored water in order to accept the additional waste water." About 10,000 tons of radioactive waste water currently stored at a facility at Fukushima will be released into the ocean along with 1,500 tons of water from pits under reactor units 5 and 6 in the six-reactor plant, he said. He said the release would take place "as soon as neces...

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