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Water Storage at Fukushima N-Plant Faces Challenge

Water Storage at Fukushima N-Plant Faces Challenge

   Tokyo, Aug. 18 (Jiji Press)--With treated water at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 plant expected to reach storage capacity in three years, the reduced availability of space on the plant premises poses a difficult challenge for the utility.
   TEPCO has found that treated water, still containing tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, is expected to reach storage capacity by around the summer of 2022 if produced at its current rate.
   A Japanese government panel working on how to dispose of treated water is discussing plans to continue water storage on the plant's grounds in view of public opposition to the release of the water into the ocean. But TEPCO is worried that continued storage may stand in the way of reactor decommissioning work due to the lack of space at the plant site.
   As of July, about 1.15 million tons of water treated after being used to cool crippled reactors was stored at the plant. TEPCO plans to make room for an additional 220,000 tons by the end of 2020, but the storage tanks are still expected to reach maximum capacity in the summer of 2022.
   The company is reluctant about long-term water storage at the plant as it needs to construct new facilities for work to decommission reactors at the stricken plant.

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