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Japan Completes 2nd Release of Fukushima Plant Wastewater

Written: 2023-10-23 17:52:36Updated: 2023-10-23 18:44:09

Japan Completes 2nd Release of Fukushima Plant Wastewater

Photo : YONHAP News

Japan has completed the second release of contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant on Monday. 

According to Kyodo News and NHK, the Tokyo Electric Power Company(TEPCO), the operator of the plant, completed the release of some seven-thousand-810 tons of wastewater at around 12:08 p.m. Monday since it began the discharge effort on October 5. The released amount is similar to the amount released in the first round that was carried out from August 24 to September 11.

The reports said the level of tritium found in a sample of sea water taken from nearby the spillway last Saturday stood at 22 becquerels per liter, or higher than the permissible level of ten becquerels per liter. The level is also the highest to be reached since the water release. 

On such levels, TEPCO dismissed safety concerns. 

The Japanese firm is obligated to launch investigations if the level of tritium exceeds 350 becquerels per liter from within three kilometers of the Fukushima plant. In the event the level surpasses 700 becquerels per liter, TEPCO must suspend the water release. 

The Japanese government and TEPCO plan to release 31-thousand-200 tons of wastewater by next March.

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