Fukushima nuclear energy plant is now pumping wastewater into the Pacific Ocean

Handled wastewater is at present saved in additional than 1,000 metal containers, however area is working out as water is added every single day.  (Picture credit score: Christopher Furlong/Getty Photographs)

Japan has begun discharging wastewater from the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear energy station into the Pacific Ocean — the primary of 4 releases deliberate earlier than March 2024.

Plant operator TEPCO activated the seawater switch pumps shortly after 1 p.m. native time Thursday (Aug. 24). Consultants estimate it’s going to take 17 days to finish the discharge and discharge the roughly 275,500 cubic toes (7,800 cubic meters) of water into the ocean.

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