The Japanese government plans to drain more than one million tons of radioactive water into the sea from the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant that was destroyed in a nuclear accident in 2011. An appropriate official decision on this matter will be made in the near future, and the discharge of contaminated water into the sea will begin at the earliest in a year, Japanese media reported on Friday, October 16.
Before draining, the radioactive water, currently stored in almost a thousand containers, will be thoroughly cleaned, leaving only unfiltered tritium. Experts believe that tritium is only dangerous to humans in very high doses, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) believes that filtered water can be discharged into the ocean in good faith without harming the environment.
Earlier this year, a commission of experts suggested that the government drain radioactive water from Fukushima into the sea, as storage tanks will soon run dry. They called it a safe procedure, which also applies to conventional nuclear reactors. Such a plan, however, aroused strong resistance from local fishermen and farmers, who feared that people would stop buying their products.