Japan to Release Radioactive Water into the Sea from Fukushima Nuclear Plant

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We begin today with the latest on Japan's ongoing nuclear crisis. The owner of the troubled Fukushima nuclear plant says radioactive water will be released into the sea. Officials say it's not harmful to humans, but is about 100 times over the legal radiation limit.

On Monday, Tokyo Electric Power said it will release more than 10,000 tons of contaminated water from its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

The water will be released into the sea to free up more storage space for water that has much higher levels of radioactivity.

The water to be released is about 100 times more radioactive than legal limits.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary says there is no other choice.

[Yukio Edano, Chief Cabinet Secretary]:
"We came to this conclusion because even though it is water containing radioactive particles, it is inevitable that we release it in to the sea."

Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says the decision was taken because it was not harmful to humans and done in order to avert an even bigger danger.

[Hidehiko Nishiyama, Nuclear & Industrial Safety Agcy.]:
"As it is not harmful to people's health and as it is necessary to avert an even bigger danger, we decided it was inevitable."

Japanese engineers have been scrambling to prevent a meltdown since an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

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