The operator of the nuclear plant in Fukushima Japan, TEPCO began Monday night to reject into the sea 11,500 tonnes of radioactive water that has accumulated in rugged installations, media reported.
Shortly before the commencement of discharge, a spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), moved to tears and his voice breaking with sobs, apologized on television for the pollution. “We have already caused so much suffering and harm to local residents. We can not express how much we regret having to impose this new burden,” he said. TEPCO said the water was slightly radioactive.
Earlier, a TEPCO spokesman said that “some 10,000 tons of water stored in tanks and 1,500 tons currently in the reactors 5 and 6 will be discharged into the ocean (Pacific).
The operation will last two and a half days for units 1 to 4.
Hundreds of workers, firefighters and soldiers poured for days and nights of tens of thousands of tons of water facilities to prevent the fuel rods to melt and prevent a nuclear disaster more severe as that at Chernobyl in 1986.
But this “wash out” caused massive flooding in buildings and underground tunnels, which are invaded by thousands of tons of radioactive water, which retards the progress of work to rehabilitate the electricity network.
“In the highly radioactive water has accumulated in machinery spaces, especially that of reactor 2,” said the spokesman Tepco.
“It is necessary to pour into containers designed for the treatment of waste. But they are now filled with 10,000 tons of slightly radioactive water. We must reject this water to make room,” he said. The representative of TEPCO said that such discharges would not impact on health. Agencies