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Fukushima Dumps First Batch of Once-Radioactive Water Into Sea

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    In this file photo, the spent fuel pool is seen inside the building housing the Unit 4 reactor at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.

    Contaminated water that was once stored next to defunct nuclear reactors at Japan's crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power plant was discharged into the sea for the first time on Monday, its owner said, NBC News reported.

    At 10 a.m. local time (1 a.m. ET) the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said it had started discharging 850 tons of treated water, after securing the agreement from government agencies and local fisherman.

    A recently-installed water purification system that removes radioactive materials like cesium and strontium had allowed them to remove the water safely, they said.