Multiple radionuclides detected in Fukushima nuke wastewater planned for 3rd round of ocean discharge-Xinhua

Multiple radionuclides detected in Fukushima nuke wastewater planned for 3rd round of ocean discharge

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Editor: huaxia

2023-10-22 10:34:16

This photo taken on March 6, 2023 shows the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Futabacho, Futabagun of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. (Xinhua/Zhang Xiaoyu)

TOKYO, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- The third batch of Fukushima nuclear-contaminated water to be released during Japan's next round of ocean discharge contains carbon-14, cobalt 60, strontium-90 and other radionuclides, according to pre-discharge test results released by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).

Despite mounting concerns and opposition among local fishermen as well as from other countries, TEPCO said that preparations for the third round of ocean discharge will begin after the second round of discharge is completed and relevant maintenance and confirmation operations are carried out.

The nuclear-contaminated wastewater from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, after advanced liquid processing system (ALPS) treatment, must enter the measurement and confirmation facility and wait for pre-discharge test results before being discharged into the ocean.

The measurement and confirmation facility is split into three groups of 10 tanks with each of the groups used on a rotating basis as receiving tanks, measurement and confirmation tanks, and discharge tanks.

This photo taken on May 16, 2023 shows the gate of the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) in Tokyo, Japan. (Xinhua/Zhang Xiaoyu)

At present, the 10 tanks in Group B were emptied in the first round of discharge starting on Aug. 24. Meanwhile, the 10 tanks in Group C were confirmed to meet the discharge standards on Sept. 21, and the discharge started on Oct. 5.

The sampling of the nuclear wastewater stored in Group A tanks for the third round of discharge was completed on July 10. The analysis results showed that they contained trace amounts of carbon-14, cobalt 60, strontium-90, iodine-129 and cesium-137, of which strontium-90 was not detected in the second round of discharge from Oct. 5, according to reports released on Thursday by TEPCO.

TEPCO claims that its ALPS facility, a multi-nuclide removal system, can remove 62 radioactive substances except tritium, but it was found that about 70 percent of the water in the storage tanks contained non-tritium radionuclides at a concentration exceeding the regulatory standards applicable for discharge into the environment. 


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