Almost 10 years after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, the government of Japan government has taken the decision of releasing more than a million tonnes of the radioactive water into ocean, said the media reports on Friday, with one formal announcement that’s expected later on this month.
It’s expected that the decision will rankle the neighbouring nations such as South Korea, which has increased the radiation tests conducted on Japan’s food already as well as further hamper Fukushima’s fishing industry that has fought against such move for several years.
Disposal of contaminated radioactive water at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has continued being an issue for Japan. About 1.2 million tonnes of radioactive water are presently stored in large tanks in this facility.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company-led Fukushima Daiichi plant has witnessed several nuclear meltdowns post one tsunami and earthquake in 2011.
Hiroshi Kajiyama, industry minister of Japan, on Friday said that no decision has been made related to the water disposal yet; however, the government plans on making one as soon as possible.
According to Asahi newspaper, it will likely take around 2 years for the release of any such contaminated water, as the facility’s irradiated water needs to go through one filtration process first before its diluted further with the seawater and released in the ocean finally.