Julian Ryall, tokyo
14 JULY 2017 • 6:27AM
Local residents and environmental groups have condemned a plan to release radioactive tritium from the crippled Fukushimanuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean.
Officials of Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the plant, say tritium poses little risk to human health and is quickly diluted by the ocean.
In an interview with local media, Takashi Kawamura, chairman of TEPCO, said: “The decision has already been made.” He added, however, that the utility is waiting for approval from the Japanese government before going ahead with the plan and is seeking the understanding of local residents.