Japan approves releasing water from Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean | News
The Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Japan (NRA, for its acronym in English) approved this Friday the plan to release into the Pacific Ocean the water used to cool the reactors of the Fukushima atomic power plant, after the 2011 accident, which has generated rejection.
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“We have decided to approve the change of the implementation plan for the specified nuclear facility with respect to the installation of facilities related to the release of ALPS-treated water to the ocean at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant,” they said in a statement. .
The amount of water to be dumped into the ocean is around one million tons, a liquid that was treated by the Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS). It will be released approximately one kilometer from the coast in a process that should begin in 2023 and is estimated to last about 30 years.
In addition, he stated that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is monitoring every step. “The Government of Japan will carefully consider the findings and observations of the IAEA review,” she said.
Although the ALPS treatment reduces a percentage of the liquid’s radioactivity, it cannot remove the tritium (radionuclide) from the liquid, which is why fishermen in the area, environmental defenders and authorities from countries such as China and South Korea have expressed its rejection of the measure, considering that it can have a serious impact on ecosystems.
The accident at the Fukushima plant in 2011 occurred after the magnitude 9 earthquake, and the tsunami that followed affected the plant, considered the worst nuclear disaster in history since Chernobyl in 1986.