Japan’s Environment Minister: We Will Have to Dump Fukushima Radioactive Water into the Sea

by Erin Elizabeth

Japan’s environment minister said on Tuesday that Tokyo Electric Power will soon run out of room to store the radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant, and they will now have to dump it into the Pacific Ocean.

Tokyo Electric (or Tepco) has collected more than 1 million tonnes of contaminated water from the cooling pipes used to keep fuel cores from melting since the plant was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Yoshiaki Harada, the minister, told a news briefing in Tokyo:

“The only option will be to drain it into the sea and dilute it. The whole of the government will discuss this, but I would like to offer my simple opinion.”1

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