Fukushima, March 24 (Jiji Press)–A fishery association in Fukushima Prefecture has agreed to accept releases of groundwater uncontaminated by radioactive substances into the ocean at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s stricken nuclear power plant, officials said Monday.
The association plans to accept such releases on condition that TEPCO strengthens its groundwater radiation checks. The association is also demanding compensation from TEPCO for possible losses stemming from rumors about fishery product safety.
Hiroyuki Sato, head of the association, said after a meeting that the group has taken a painful decision because TEPCO faces a lack of space for tanks to store contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
Releases of groundwater into the sea before it is contaminated are considered key to dealing with increasing volumes of water contaminated with radioactive substances from damaged reactors at the plant.
Another fishery association in the northeastern prefecture has already signaled its readiness to accept such groundwater releases.