14 Mai 2013
May 14, 2013
Govt. to explain TEPCO groundwater release plan
Japan's industry minister is seeking understanding from fishermen for a plan by the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to release groundwater into the ocean.
Toshimitsu Motegi told reporters on Tuesday that it is extremely important to prevent the groundwater from seeping into crippled reactor buildings.
He said securing local consent is a precondition for releasing the water, and that the government intends to offer a full explanation to win understanding.
Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company failed to persuade local fisherman on Monday.
TEPCO plans to dig 12 wells in the plant compound to pump out groundwater before it gets into the contaminated reactor buildings.
The utility says the volume of contaminated water accumulating from the reactors has increased by 400 tons per day.