The operator for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant announced plans Thursday to dump scrubbed water into the ocean.
According to the South China Morning Post, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) is struggling to safely store radioactive water used to cool its reactors; and is struggling to keep contaminated groundwater from seeping into the ocean.
The toxic water is stored in hundreds of tanks onsite, which TEPCO admitted that the amount of storage is running low.
The utility said it wants to start pumping out the underground water, purify it with a cleaning system and then release it.
Earlier this year, TEPCO said it would build an ice wall, which would freeze the ground around the plant, to stop the flow.