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TEPCO on April 9th started pumping groundwater at the Fukushima No.1 plant as part of an operation to direct it into the sea before it gets highly contaminated by passing through the site.

The groundwater bypass system is regarded as a key measure to slow the pace of increase of highly radioactive water accumulating at the plant.This project has finally started because of the agreement from local fishermen to the dumping of groundwater on condition that it is below stringent safety criteria.

Groundwater pumped through wells will be first stored in a tank to check the contamination level. After the safety of the water is confirmed by analysis, which is expected to take about a month, TEPCO will release the water into the Pacific Ocean.
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Tepco to curb toxic water leaks with tanks (Japan Times)

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