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TEPCO May Take 30-40 Yrs to Complete N-Plant Water Disposal

TEPCO May Take 30-40 Yrs to Complete N-Plant Water Disposal

   Tokyo, April 13 (Jiji Press)--It could take 30 to 40 years for Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> to finish releasing treated radioactive water from its disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant into the ocean, informed sources said Tuesday.
   As the water release is expected to begin after a preparation period of some two years, the government and TEPCO may have to consider building additional storage tanks at the plant, the sources also said.
   Existing tanks for the treated water there are expected to be full as early as autumn 2022, they pointed out.
   The government officially decided the same day to release into the ocean treated water stored at the plant in Fukushima Prefecture, which was hit by the triple meltdown following a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and monster tsunami on March 11, 2011.
   TEPCO will be required to gain the Nuclear Regulation Authority's approval after drawing up a list of necessary facilities and equipment as well as guidelines on the release of the water containing tritium, a radioactive substance that cannot be removed by any existing filters. The water release can get started after those facilities are built.

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