A group of fishermen held a protest on Thursday regarding Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s (TEPCO) policies on the leakage of contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean.
The National Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations asked TEPCO President Naomi Hirose to take measures against further leakage and enhance the monitoring in the nuclear plant complex, Kyodo reports.
The protest came after TEPCO officials admitted earlier this week that contaminated water leaked into the Pacific Ocean.
The operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plant admitted for the first time, this week, that the radioactive underground water leaked into the ocean. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) was studying radioactive water in its monitoring wells since May and recently observed a drop in the radioactivity. This can only mean that the tainted water leaked into the Pacific Ocean.
This confirms what TEPCO officials said earlier this month when they admitted that radioactive water might have leaked into the Ocean. Still, the company said that no final conclusion can be drawn because they haven’t accumulated enough data.
According to the report that notes the leak into the ocean, the level of radioactive tritium had been rising near an embankment at the plant’s port. The same report mentions that the impact of the leak was limited, as the density of tritium has remained low at the port’s exit and off the coast.