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Fukushima fishermen approve plan to release groundwater from plant: Reports

Published on Mar 25, 2014 12:27 PM

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Fishermen working off Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant have agreed to allow the release of uncontaminated groundwater around the facility into the ocean, Jiji news agency reported on Tuesday, in a rare victory for the site's operator.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), the operator of the Fukushima station that suffered triple nuclear meltdowns after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, has been lobbying local fishermen to allow a "groundwater bypass" for nearly two years.

A ban on fishing after the nuclear accident pushed most fishermen in Fukushima out of a job except for occasional work catching certain types of fish deemed safe.

Tepco's bypass will release 100 tonnes of groundwater a day that flows downhill towards the devastated plant.

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