The National Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations has asked assurance from Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) that there should be no more leaks of radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The organization told TEPCO President Naomi Hirose that the company has failed in terms of radioactive water management, among other things.
The fishermen said that they are hoping that this would be the end of the problems that have been facing the utility operator in terms of the massive amount of contaminated water being stored at the crippled plant, ever since the nuclear meltdown of 2011. “We want the problem to be fundamentally resolved as early as possible under the state’s leadership.” They also said they are “largely disappointed” that because of this major setback, they have not been able to resume their fishing operations.
The Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations decided to postpone the trial fisheries operations in light of the government’s decision to raise the warning level to 3 because of the leakage. The trial operation was only limited to some areas of fishing and only allows shipment after the products have been deemed safe. The fishermen in the northern part of Fukushima had the trial for more than a year while a group from the southern part was planning to resume operations by September.
Hirose apologized for the company for the recent revelations that around 300 tons of radioactive water has spilled from a water tank, with some of it possibly seeping into the Pacific Ocean. He said it’s the “biggest business challenge” they have yet faced and he would like to make sure that they would not worry the public anymore.
[ via Mainichi ]