Fukushima Fishermen: No, You Can't Dump That Water
Tokyo Electric sought permission to pump radioactive groundwater to ocean
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2013 7:01 PM CDT
In this file photo, TEPCO exec Naomi Hirose, front left, bows in front of National Federation of fisheries cooperative official Ikuhiro Hattori, front right, and his delegation.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

(Newser) – The Tokyo Electric Power Co. went before Fukushima fishermen yesterday and asked permission to start pumping "low-level" radioactive water into the ocean where they fish. And the fishermen said, um, no. This was a surprise, apparently, with a report in the Asahi Shimbun stating that TEPCO "officials underestimated Fukushima fishermen’s anger and distrust toward the company whose failures continue to threaten their livelihoods."

Union leaders were apparently on board with the plan, but rank-and-file fishermen wouldn't hear of it, arguing that no matter how safe TEPCO says the procedure is, news of the move would further torpedo their sales. TEPCO will keep negotiating even as it scrambles to store the 400 tons of contaminated groundwater being produced at the former nuclear plant each day. About 280,000 tons of tainted water is sitting in tanks now, and that's expected to double in a few years if no alternative is found, reports Japan Today.

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May 15, 2013 1:38 PM CDT
Mind boggling numbers: 280K existing tons, plus 400 new tons daily. Nuclear...the clean energy!
May 15, 2013 10:41 AM CDT
Can you believe they would even suggest such a thing? What has happened to Japanese corporate leaders? Don't they realize their children eat that fish? Japan had better keep a close eye on that water. I bet it just magically disappears one day.
May 15, 2013 9:13 AM CDT
What I like about Iowa River lobsters is that if they try to push them off on us they glow in the dark!