Fukushima Fishers Angry at Minister's Remarks on N-Plant Water

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Fukushima, Sept. 10 (Jiji Press)--Fishery industry people in Fukushima Prefecture expressed anger over Japanese Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada's remarks Tuesday that the only possible option to dispose of treated radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in the northeastern Japan prefecture is to release it into the Pacific Ocean.

"There is no choice but to release the water (into the sea) and dilute it," Harada told a press conference.

The remarks are "thoughtless, in light of his position," said Tetsu Nozaki, head of the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations. "I want calm discussions to be held," he said, noting that a relevant government committee continues discussing how to dispose of the water.

Nozaki has consistently voiced opposition to the release into the sea of the water from the nuclear power station, which was heavily damaged in the March 2011 powerful earthquake and tsunami.

Contaminated water at the Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> plant is treated by equipment to remove radioactive substances and stored at the facility. After the treatment, however, tritium, one of such substances, remains in the water.

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