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(Update) Japan to Decide This Month on N-Plant Water Release into Sea

(Update) Japan to Decide This Month on N-Plant Water Release into Sea

   Tokyo, Oct. 16 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government will make an official decision as early as this month to release treated radioactive water at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> tsunami-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant into the ocean, it was learned Friday.
   The decision will be made at a meeting of a related ministerial council.
   The disposal of treated radioactive water at the crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, has been high on the agenda of the Japanese government, as the decommissioning work at the plant may be hampered if TEPCO continues to store the treated water in tanks within the plant premises.
   Since the triple meltdowns at the plant, which was hit hard by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, groundwater and rain have flowed into reactor buildings, ending up being contaminated by highly radioactive substances.
   TEPCO filters a large amount of tainted water using a purification system, but the treated water still contains tritium, a radioactive substance that cannot be removed with existing technology.

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