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Tempers Flare Over Fukushima Plan To Dump Radioactive Water In Ocean

South Korea has fired off a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to express concerns over a Japanese plan to release radioactive water into the ocean which has been collected since the 2011 nuclear disaster, according to NHK.

An official of South Korea’s science ministry said on Thursday said that the letter expresses the country’s serious concerns about the environment impact of such a release. The official also said South Korea asked the international nuclear watchdog to play a more active role on the issue. –NHK

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which operates the plant, is storing over 1.12 million tons of radioactive water on site, which is slated to reach capacity in 2022. The contaminated water has been treated using a system known as ALPS (multi-nuclide removal system), which removes 62 types of radioactive elements – not including tritium, before being stored stored in massive tanks on the Fukushima Daiichi grounds.  READ MORE…

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  1. Jack Jack September 7, 2019

    This water can be cleaned up using powdered ion exchange resin that can then be encapsulated and buried while the water is safely dumped. We did it at TMI. Problem us it costs much more than just dumping the radioactive water and playing “The solution to pollution is dilution.” game.

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