Selin ATAY –TDO-Even though eight years passed after the nuclear power plant disaster in Fukushima, the unresolved radioactive water crisis leads to a new disaster. Power company officials said that “there will be no space to store the contaminated water soon”, so the Minister of Environment once again offers the option of disposing this water to the Pacific Ocean.
The Japan Minister of Environment Yoshiaki Harada organized a news briefing in Tokyo; he stated that “There is no more space for radioactive water that stored in tanks at the Fukushima station and the Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO) will have to dispose this water into Pacific Ocean.”
Government waits a report from a panel of experts to make a final decision. TEPCO did not have decision-making authority but Power Company urged government to take immediate action by reminding that contaminated water will run out of space by 2022.
Minister Yoshiaki stated that “The only option will be to drain it into the sea and dilute it, the whole of the government will discuss this, but I would like to offer my simple opinion.”While disposing water into ocean seems the cheapest solution to Japanese government, environmentalist organizations and public strongly opposed to this method.