TEPCO considers dumping decontaminated water into sea

TEPCO says it's running out of space to store some of the water due to an inflow of groundwater. [AFP]
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TEPCO says it's running out of space to store some of the water due to an inflow of groundwater. [AFP]

Last Updated: Thu, 8 Dec 2011 18:44:00 +1100

The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant says it is considering dumping water it treated for radiation contamination into the ocean as early as March.

Tens of thousands of tonnes of water contaminated with radiation have accumulated at the plant, after being used to try and cool down reactors that suffered nuclear fuel meltdowns after the earthquake and tsunami in March.

The plant's operator, TEPCO, says it's running out of space to store some of the water due to an inflow of groundwater.

TEPCO says it is still assessing the potential environmental impact of releasing the water, but if forced to do so, it would discharge water that is expected to have the least effects.

The news has prompted protests from fishing groups.

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