Local residents have protested a proposal to allow radioactive water to flow into the ocean
FILE PHOTO: Reactors No. 5 and 6 look over tanks storing treated radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, February 27, 2021 © AP / Hiro Komae
Japanese officials are nearing agreement on plans to discharge radioactive waste water from the disabled Fukushima nuclear plant, more than a decade after the facility saw major contamination following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) declared that there were no outstanding concerns with the proposal following a meeting on Friday, hoping to have a draft inspection document prepared as early as next month, Japan’s NHK reported. There are “no issues left that have not been discussed enough,” an NRA official reportedly said.
The plan will see water at the Fukushima Daiichi plant released into the sea, after treatments which removed much of the radioactive contamination. Though the waste water will still contain tritium – a radioactive isotope of hydrogen – authorities promise it will be diluted to levels in line with Japanese regulations. The government hopes to get started on the initiative by next spring.