Japan Nuclear Radiation Waste Dumped to the Sea

Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s <9501> dumping of low-level radioactive water into the sea drew a strong protest on Wednesday from the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations, or Zengyoren.

“The act is an outrage committed unilaterally without any prior consultation,” Zengyoren President Ikuhiro Hattori said at a meeting with Tokyo Electric Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata. “It’s unforgivable.”

The state and Tokyo Electric cannot escape responsibility, Hattori said, requesting the maximum compensation be made promptly to those affected.

Tokyo Electric this week released low-level liquid nuclear waste into the sea from its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan in order to make space for the storage of highly radioactive water. The plant suffered damage from tsunami unleashed by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake on March 11.

Offering a deep apology, Katsumata told Hattori that the company will make its utmost efforts to prevent any further leaks of radioactive water from the plant and compensate for damage incurred by the fishing industry. – Jiji Press

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