The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) Steering Committee Chair is urgently writing to the Japanese Government to raise its deep concerns over comments made by its Environment Minister that over 1 million tonnes of radioactively contaminated water, used in cooling the stricken Fukushima reactors, could be dumped into the Pacific Ocean. The contaminated water is in over a thousand storage tanks on the Fukushima site. The water has been used to cool down the damaged reactors to prevent a wider radiation disaster. For the past couple of years nuclear regulatory agencies, and now a Government appointed expert panel, has been considering what to do with this material, which, while treated to take out some of the radioactive particles, still contains tritium. It has recently been reported by TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) that they will run out of space on the site to store the water in around 2022.
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