Chemicals in the Water

Fukushima releases once-radioactive water

September 18, 2015

“Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), which operates the plant in eastern Japan, discharged 850 tons of formerly contaminated water it had extracted from the ground near the plant into the sea, saying a filtration process had now made it safe.”

According to Yahoo News!, Monday, September 14th, was the first time the plant release once-radioactive water into the sea since the 2011 tsunami that forced reactors into meltdown. There is currently radioactice water being stored to cool the reactors, but the longer it is stored, the more likely (it is believed) to have an uncontrolled release.

“TEPCO has faced criticism for its handling of the meltdown, which saw thousands of people evacuated as radiation poisoned the air, land and water and has already cost some $57 billion in compensation for residents.

Four years later it is still extracting some 300 tons of contaminated water from the ground every day, which had been stored in tanks before TEPCO started releasing it into the sea after purification on Monday.”

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