via / August 7, 2o14 / The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant on Thursday (Aug 7) unveiled a plan to dump scrubbed water directly into the ocean, sparking concerfukushima-aerial-3ns over whether it would be properly decontaminated. The plan, which still needs approval from the nuclear agency and local residents, comes as workers are locked in a daily struggle to safely store radioactive water used to cool reactors that went into meltdown after Japan’s 2011 quake-tsunami disaster.

The tainted water is stored in hundreds of on-site tanks but operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) has admitted that it’s running out of space. It is also fighting to contain contaminated groundwater around the plant from seeping into the ocean, more than three years after the worst atomic crisis in a generation.

The vast utility said it now wants to start pumping out the underground water, purify it with a state-of-the-art cleaning system and then release it back into the ocean. “But we know we have to get an agreement from the relevant government authorities, the prefecture and local fishing unions,” a company spokesman said.

The firm says it would significantly cut down on the amount of tainted groundwater flowing under the plant, after announcing earlier this year that it was building an “ice wall” — freezing the ground around the plant — to staunch the flow. But the firm has long faced criticism over delays in disclosing key information and for continued safety problems at the crippled facility.

“We’ve not been told about details of this plan to release water into the ocean… but I think most of the fishermen will be against it,” said Kenji Nakada, an official at the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations.

Hisayo Takada from Greenpeace Japan questioned the plan’s safety. “I also wonder if TEPCO has a backup plan for the worst case scenario, such as the purification facility not working effectively,” she said.

The plant’s current purification system — Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) — has been hit by a series of glitches since trial operations began last year.

SOURCE: Channel News Asia

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  1. More BULLSHIT. The so-called “state of the art” system is the one they’ve already got and can’t get to work.

    This is so outrageous, so evil…. so unbelievably horrific. Not to mention that there’s always the deadly Tritium (that’s hardly ever discussed BECAUSE there’s nothing, no technology, no filters, zip, nada, NOTHING known to man can filter it away).

    Far Out, wake up people – get rid of TEPCO, get rid of Abe, and then try to get help to get rid of Fukushima.

    And another thing: (let’s all) try to get rid of all things Nuclear. Full Stop. This madness has to stop.

  2. …..and to the Hisayo Takada question: They are already using the “backup plan”, which is just letting all the contaminated water flow and leak straight into the ocean. The backup plan is working perfectly and it’s saving Tepco a lot of money/yen so it’s unlikely that there will be any significant changes for the future.

    My question to Hisayo Takada: Why isn’t Greenpeace stomping on Tepco’s head? There’s not been a peep from Greenpeace….. perhaps when Fukushima kills all the whales and there’s nothing else to do Greenpeace will help to tell the world just how bad things are at Fukushima???

  3. This may not bet exactly on topic, however regarding groundwater issue. Would it be cheaper, easier, and more effective to dig a trench at sea level around the back of the plant all the way around the plant to the ocean? The main issue is stated that water is running down the hillside below ground keeping the groundwater pressure up. If this hits sea level first it would effectively stop the downhill groundwater flow? This might have the greatest impact on reduction on contamination spread, and also stop the ongoing buildup of contaminated water. Makes sense to me… Thoughts?

  4. It is hard to believe they are even contemplating starting up any of the reactors on site while they are still polluting the Pacific with radiation on a daily basis , i have sympathy for the local people and workers, but not for Tepco.

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