Japan to start releasing Fukushima water into sea in 2 years
Japan's government decided on tuesday to start releasing massive amounts of treated radioactive water from the wrecked fukushima nuclear plant into the pacific ocean in two years. An option fiercely opposed by local fishermen and residence the decision long speculated but delayed for years due to safety concerns and protests. Came at a meeting of cabinet ministers who endorse the ocean. Release as the best option. The accumulating water has been stored in tanks the fukushima plant since two thousand eleven when a massive earthquake and tsunami damaged reactors and the cooling water became contaminated and began leaking. The plant's operator. Tokyo electric power company said it. Storage capacity will be full late next year. The prime minister said the ocean release was the most realistic option and the disposing. The water is unavoidable for the decommissioning of the fukushima plant which is expected to take decades some scientists say the long term impact on marine life from low dose exposure to such large volumes of water is unknown onto the basic plan adopted by the ministers. Tepco will start releasing the water in about two years after building a facility under the regulatory authorities safety requirements. It said the disposal of the water cannot be postponed further as it's necessary to improve the environment surrounding the plant. So residents can live there safely.