Japan Approves Plan to Dump Radioactive Water in the Sea


Tokyo Electric Power Company plans to release 11,500 tons of water with radioactive iodine levels at roughly 100 times the regulatory limit into the sea. Tepco is trying to make room in the plant to store highly toxic liquid coming from Reactors No. 2 and 3. Until the water is cleared, workers can’t fix the cooling pumps. Tepco has been trying to stop the contaminated water from Reactor No. 2 from leaking into the ocean via a conduit used to take in seawater. Some experts say the impact on the marine environment, which has already been torn up, is likely to be minimal. The outlook for the other reactor looks less hopeful. A Tepco exec said yesterday, “I don’t know if we can ever enter the No. 3 reactor building again.” [Bloomberg]