According to Reuters, Japan’s government has decided to release over one million tonnes of contaminated water into the sea, as a formal announcement is expected to be issued later this month.
It is known that the disposal of contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi plant has been a longstanding problem for the region, as it proceeds with an decades-long decommissioning project.
In fact, approximately 1.2 million tonnes of contaminated water are currently stored in huge tanks at the facility.
To remind, the Fukushima Daiichi plant, operated by Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc 9501.T, suffered multiple nuclear meltdowns after a 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Although, Japan’s industry minister Hiroshi Kajiyama said no decision had been made on the disposal of the water yet, but the government aims to make one quickly.
“To prevent any delays in the decommissioning process, we need to make a decision quickly,” he told a news conference, as Reuters reported.
In light of the situation, environmental experts have long expressed their opposition to releasing the water into the ocean, while fishing groups have argued against it, stating that consumers will refuse to buy produce from the region.
However some scientists say the water would quickly be diluted in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, and that tritium poses a low risk to human and animal health.