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Groundwater Release Plan

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant plans to release decontaminated groundwater into the sea from next week in order to prevent the buildup of radioactive water.

The utility will first release about 4 million liters of water pumped up from wells dug around the reactor buildings and treated to remove radioactive substances.

Contaminated water is increasing at a volume of 300,000 liters a day as groundwater flows into the compound. TEPCO and the government expect to formally decide the discharge date on Wednesday.

Later this week, the utility also plans to resume construction of steel walls along the coast to stop groundwater seeping directly into the sea. The work was suspended until it became possible to release the groundwater.

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