TEPCO N-Plant Water Release into Sea Only Option: Minister

Economy Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 10 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada on Tuesday said the only option available to dispose of treated radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant is to release it into the Pacific Ocean.

"We have no way but to release it (into the sea) and dilute it," Harada told a press conference. "I want you to take this as my opinion."

The government will have careful discussions on the matter, he also said.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> is considering how to dispose of ever-increasing water at the meltdown-stricken plant that was processed through equipment to remove radioactive substances.

Even after the treatment, tritium, one such substance, remains inside the water. The option of releasing the treated water into the sea has sparked concerns in and outside Japan.

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