Japan to pour Fukushima-1 radioactive water into ocean
The amount of liquid waste is growing, and there will be no place to store it by the summer of 2022.
Japan intends to pour the water used to cool the damaged reactors of the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean. The country said that it was not going to raise any safety issues for people or marine organisms. However, the opposition and the South Korean government think differently, Kyodo reports.
The accident at Fukushima-1 occurred in March 2011, when energy supply and cooling systems failed due to an earthquake and tsunami. Nuclear fuel melted in the reactors and a release of radioactive substances occurred.
More than one hundred tons of water used for the continuous cooling of the damaged reactors has accumulated at the station over 8 years. The amount of liquid waste is growing, and there will be no place to store it by the summer of 2022. Therefore, it was proposed to start discharging the water with a low level of radioactivity into the ocean.