The plan to dump the groundwater from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the sea is set to begin by May of this year. According to Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, this operation will not begin until the catching season for the young sand lance ends, which usually happens around April.
However, this plan could even be later than May as the plant’s utility operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) has not even revealed whether a system is already in place or when it plans to start implementing the proposed plan to solve the contaminated water storage problem at the plant. Last March 25, they were finally able to get the permission of the Fukushima fisheries federation to allow them to put this plan into action, as TEPCO had already used up 90% of the thousands of tanks they installed at the plant to store the more than 431,000 metric tons of radioactive water.
The plan is to pump up the hundred tons of groundwater that flows into the plant everyday into the sea before it gets mixed up with the contaminated water in the basement of the buildings that house the crippled reactors. They will release around 100 metric tons of water daily to the sea with the use of a bypass before it even reaches the reactor buildings with the radiation-tainted water. While the fishermen at first objected to this plan, TEPCO and the government were finally able to convince them that this is the only way to be able to sustain the fisheries industry in the prefecture. Motegi also said that they will be replying by April 4 to the request from the fishermen’s group to ensure that the radiation levels of the water to be released into the sea will not exceed the set levels that are included in the plan.
[ via Global Post ]