Original story from International business times August 7, 2014
Tokyo Electric Power Co Incorporated (TYO:9501), or TEPCO, operator of the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, is planning to dump contaminated groundwater from the plant’s drainage wells directly into the ocean after decontaminating it, Agence France-Presse reported Thursday, citing company officials.
Currently, TEPCO is reportedly using another system called ground bypass, which pumps untainted groundwater into the ocean before it mixes with toxic water generated in the process of cooling the reactors. The toxic water is then stored in hundreds of on-site tanks. However, the company is reportedly running out of space to store the radioactive water and is also struggling to prevent it from seeping into the ocean.
The new plan aims to pump the contaminated water into a modernized purification system and release it back into the Pacific Ocean, a company spokesperson said Thursday, adding that this would drastically cut down the amount of toxic water flowing under the plant.