Title: NRA chairman says release of radioactive water into sea is inevitable
Source: Asahi Shimbun
Author: JIN NISHIKAWA
Date: July 25, 2013
The head of Japan’s nuclear watchdog body has acknowledged for the first time that Tokyo Electric Power Co. has no choice but to release radioactive water accumulating at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant into the sea.
“The Fukushima No. 1 plant is filling up with water,” Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, told a news conference on July 24. “Inevitably the contaminated water will have to be discharged into the sea after TEPCO processes it properly and lowers (its radioactivity levels) below the standards.”
[...] He indicated that the NRA will conduct a long-term investigation to assess the environmental impact of radioactive water discharged into the sea.
[...] The groundwater is mixed with water used to cool the melted fuel, and is accumulating with high radioactive levels at the plant.
Published: July 26th, 2013 at 9:54 am ET