Why Japan’s Radioactive Water May End Up In the Ocean

The Japanese utility giant Tepco is considering a plan to dump more than 1 million cubic meters of treated radioactive water — enough to fill 400 Olympic-size swimming pools — from the wrecked Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean, part of its nearly $200 billion effort to clean up the worst atomic accident since Chernobyl. Storage tanks at the site are forecast to be full by mid-2022, and space for building more is scarce. Scary as it sounds, discharges are common prac

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