TOKYO (dpa) – Operators of a crippled nuclear plant will be allowed to dump toxic water into the ocean, Japanese regulators decided Wednesday.
The decision would allow Tokyo Electric Power Co to dump the water after removing radioactive materials from it, the Nuclear Regulation Authority said.
It was not clear when the operator would begin disposing of the water amid growing concerns among fishermen in the region.
The plan is one measure to reduce growing volumes of radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which suffered meltdowns at three of its six reactors after it was hit by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
About 1,000 storage tanks were built at the site to contain toxic water as the operator continues to inject water into the reactors to keep them cool.
The amount of toxic water at the complex is believed to be increasing by about 350 tonnes every day. Groundwater is also reportedly seeping into reactor buildings and mixing with contaminated water.