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Japan may have to dump radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific, minister says

Tokyo Electric Power may have to dump radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant directly into the Pacific Ocean, Japan’s environment minister said on Tuesday.

After the plant was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011, Tokyo Electric (Tepco) has collected in tanks at the wrecked sites more than 900,000 tonnes of contaminated water from the cooling pipes used to keep fuel cores from melting.

The utility says it will run out of space by 2022.

“The only option will be…

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