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Japan utility plans to dump radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific

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Staff Writer | July 15, 2017
The operator of the nuclear plant in Fukushima has decided to release radioactive tritium into the Pacific Ocean.
Nuclear energy   The decision has angered local fishermen
The decision has angered local fishermen, who say they were not consulted on the decision.

Takashi Kawamura, chairman of Tokyo Electro Power Co., said the plan has been settled, but that the utility is still waiting for the final word from Japan's nuclear regulation authority, Japanese newspaper Tokyo Shimbun reported Friday.

About 770,000 tons of radioactive water is stored in 580 tanks in Fukushima.

Technology has so far been unable to remove tritium from the water, and TEPCO's solution is to pour the radioactive liquid into the ocean, where, according to the utility's officials, it would be quickly diluted, The Telegraph reported Friday.