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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to Decide on Release of Irradiated Fukushima Water

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said that they will soon decide the fate of the treated radioactive water stored at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant.

Suga had recently met with Hiroshi Kishi, head of the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations regarding the release of the irradiated water into the sea. 

“The disposal of ALPS treated water is unavoidable and experts have recommended that the release into the sea is the most realistic method that can be implemented. Based on these inputs, I would like to decide the government’s policy,” Kishi quoted Suga.

Kishi said that “there is no change at all to (his) absolute opposition” after meeting with Suga.

The Japanese government said they considered releasing the tritium-contaminated water into the ocean after diluting it but concerns were raised among fishers over possible seafood contamination. 

Suga added that the water needs to be disposed of before the TEPCO plant’s reactors could be dismantled and reconstruction of Fukushima.

The plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., said that more than 1.2 million tons of treated water have been stored and that they will eventually run of storage by 2022.

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