Groundwater release begins at Fukushima Daiichi, Workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have started releasing groundwater into the ocean as part of the so-called “bypass plan.”
The plan is part of Tokyo Electric Power Company’s strategy to stem the accumulation of contaminated water on site.
It involves pumping up groundwater before it reaches the damaged reactor and turbine buildings, where it becomes heavily contaminated.
The pumped water is stored in tanks and tested for radiation. The last phase of the plan is to discharge the water into the ocean if radiation levels are found to be below safety standards.
Government and TEPCO officials say they began releasing the water on Wednesday morning. They say radiation levels were found to be below TEPCO’s own safety target, which is lower than government standards.
A total of 560 tons of water will be released into the Pacific Ocean from an outlet south of the nuclear plant’s port. The operation is expected to take more than 2 hours.