Japan may have to dump radioactive water into the sea

The radioactive water has become a huge headache for Japan. AFP

Tokyo Electric Power will have to dump radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant directly into the Pacific Ocean, Japan's environment minister said on Tuesday (Sept 10).

During the devastating quake and subsequent tsunami, three Fukushima reactors were damaged. But one isotope, tritium, can not be removed so the water has been stored in a huge tanks which will fill up by 2022.

According to local media, he told reporters that this is the only option as Tokyo Electric Power is said to be running out of room to store the radioactive water that was used to keep fuel cores from melting following the powerful natural disaster in 2011.

And through a televised press meeting Tuesday, Japan's atmosphere minister Yoshiaki Harada explained he believed the only alternative was to "release it into the ocean and dilute it".

"I understand that Harada's comment means that the government should fully discuss the matter, and it was his personal opinion".

In 2011, three reactors at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant suffered meltdowns when an quake and tsunami devastated the area.

The Japanese government has yet to come up with an official position on how to proceed with the water disposal/treatment and is awaiting a report from a panel of experts on the best ways to dispose of the radioactive water.

"There is no truth that the technique of disposal of contaminated drinking water has been made a decision".

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For the last eight years around 200 tonnes of radioactive water have been pumped out of the damaged reactor buildings every day.

Unfortunately, the technology does not exist to rid the water of tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen.

Handout photo of Unit 4 of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, 15-03-2011.

The water is treated, but remains slightly toxic and has been stored in large tanks.

More than a million tonnes of water that has been used to cool melted reactors is kept in giant tanks.

But critics on social media said the suggestion of pouring contaminated water into the Pacific is more than enough evidence that the risks associated with nuclear power are too great to continue running plants like Fukushima.

Radioactive water from the plant has been filtered through the Advanced Liquid Processing System, which removes highly radioactive substances like strontium and caesium but leaves in the less unsafe tritium, according to TEPCO.

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