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The government on Feb 3rd sought approval of a nationwide fisheries federation to dump groundwater at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea on condition that the water’s contamination level is far below the legal limit.

During talks with the head of the National Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations, industry ministry officials explained that they plan to set “strict” operational procedures for the pump system to allay the concerns of fishermen who think the move could deal a blow to their business.Groundwater will be pumped out before it gets mixed with highly radioactive water accumulating at the basement of reactor buildings, and will be directed to the adjacent Pacific Ocean.

Hiroshi Kishi, the head of the federation, told reporters after the meeting that he understands the importance of the so-called groundwater bypass system and that his organization will make a decision on whether to give the green light to the operation after fully assessing the environmental monitoring system and other measures to prevent the spread of harmful rumors from the project.

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METI asks Fukushima fisherman for groundwater diversion OK (Japan times)

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