The Japan Fisheries Agency on Saturday (26/8) claimed testing fish in the waters around the Fukushima nuclear power plant did not contain levels of the radioactive isotope tritium, Kyodo news agency reported.
The fishing nets were laid on Thursday as the operator of the nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), began releasing treated radioactive water into the Pacific. The release of the radioactive water angered fishermen and many others in Japan. It has also raised concerns for consumers in neighboring countries and prompted China to ban Japanese fishery products.
The agency plans to announce the test results daily. Tepco said on Friday (25/8) that the seawater near the PLN contains less than 10 becquerel tritium per liter, below its self-imposed limit of 700 becquerel and far below the World Health Organization’s or WHO limit, which is 10,000 becquerel for water. drink.
After lengthy debate, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government on Tuesday decided to allow the release of 1.3 million tons of treated water at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was destroyed by the 2011 tsunami, because Tepco was running out of storage space.
Tepco already filters most of the radioactive elements from water, but the company dilutes tritium, an isotope of hydrogen, which is difficult to separate from water.