Fukushima Water Release into Sea Faces Chorus of Opposition

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Tokyo, Aug. 31 (Jiji Press)--Citizens expressed opposition Friday to the idea of releasing into the ocean water tainted with tritium, a radioactive substance, from Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan.

"Long-term storage (of the tritium-containing water) is possible from technical and economic standpoints," Komei Hosokawa, 63, an official of the Citizens' Commission on Nuclear Energy, said at a public hearing held in Tokyo by a subcommittee of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy. "The radiation levels in the water will decrease during the long-term storage," he added.

Kanna Mitsuta, an official of FoE Japan, a nongovernmental organization working for environmental conservation, said that the hearing should be redone, noting that a different radioactive substance exceeding permissible levels has been found in the tritium-tainted water.

At a similar hearing held in Koriyama, Fukushima, the same day, Aki Hashimoto, a housewife from the city, said, "I never want to see further worsening of ocean pollution from radiation."

Opinions objecting to the release of the tritium-contaminated water into the ocean were also heard at a hearing held in the Fukushima town of Tomioka on Thursday.

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