Friday, September 24

Fukushima’s polluted water to be sent to the sea through a tunnel | Digital Trends Spanish

The polluted water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan will be discharged into the ocean through a large underwater tunnel, the Japanese government announced.

Tepco, the company that is in charge of the operation of the nuclear power plant, explained that the tunnel will be 2.5 meters in diameter and will extend for 1 kilometer into the sea. Construction of the tunnel will begin in March 2022.

This system of pumping through a pipe into the ocean will prevent the water from moving back to shore. And this is important because it is highly contaminated water, whose radioactive waste has accumulated since 2011 when the accident in Fukushima happened.

In total, it is about 1.27 million tons of water that will be sent to the sea. This water comes from what was used to cool the reactors just after the accident, but it also originates both underground and from the rains that have fallen over the years.

The Japanese government’s measure has received questions, because although the water will go through a filtration process to eliminate most of the radioactive waste, there are some that will continue to be present when these millions of liters are sent to the sea. And the latter raises concerns for both environmentalists and those who produce products in the area.

In particular, the Japanese government has recognized that an isotope called tritium is impossible to remove from contaminated water. And tritium can be dangerous to health.

However, there seems to be no other solution to get rid of the water from Fukushima other than to send it to the Pacific, since the tanks that store the liquid will reach their maximum capacity in 2022. Therefore, the solution appears as urgent and necessary for the definitive dismantling of the plant, at the risk of another problem occurring.

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