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Tepco to push for decision on tainted water in Fukushima

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TOKYO • The owner of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan will push to resolve the debate over the release of contaminated water from the site, its new chairman said on Thursday..
TOKYO • The owner of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan will push to resolve the debate over the release of contaminated water from the site, its new chairman said on Thursday.
The debate has dragged on for years since a devastating 2011 quake that led to a nuclear disaster.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) will also speed up a final decision on the future of a nearby plant, Fukushima Daini, which suffered only minor damage, chairman Takashi Kawamura said in an interview with foreign media.
“I’m very sorry that Tepco has been prolonging making a decision, ” said the 77-year-old, a former chairman of conglomerate Hitachi. “Just like (for) tritium, we will aim for an earliest possible conclusion.”
Mr Kawamura, who previously sat on a government panel looking into the Fukushima cleanup, said he believed Japan needed to keep operating nuclear power plants for future generations and as part of national security.
The nationalisation of nuclear power plants was a matter that could be discussed in the future as national policies had a role in the operations of nuclear power, he added, but did not elaborate.

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