On Tuesday, Japan’s highest government spokesperson struck down the environment minister after he mentioned there was “no other option” however to release radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean.
“It is not true that we’ve selected the disposal technique,” Chief Cabinet Minister Yoshihide Suga instructed correspondents after Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada’s comments earlier within the day.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) operator, is storing a couple of million tonnes of contaminated water in tanks on the site of Fukushima Daiichi plant that was foundered by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.
Besides water used to chill meltdown gas, underground water flows into the advanced daily and storage capacity will likely be full by mid-2022, leaving the operator with the significant problem of disposing of it safely.
Harada, who is expected to depart the ca
binet in a reshuffle Wednesday, stated: “there is no other choice than to release it (into the ocean) and dilute it.”
The minister had pressed that this was “just one opinion” and Suga reiterated that it was not the coverage of the government, which has not but given a timeframe for its closing decision on what to do with contaminated water.
Suga, seen as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s proper-hand man, famous that an expert panel was still processing on what to do with the water and was considering issues from local fishers, which concern it may destroy their livelihood.
A commission from the International Atomic Energy Agency had initially recommended that Japan should release the treated water into the ocean.
The plant’s radioactive plant has been filtered by the Advanced Liquid Processing System, which eliminates extremely radioactive substances like strontium and cesium however leaves in the less dangerous tritium, in response to TEPCO.