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Japan to start releasing treated Fukushima water into sea in 2 years


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Japan to start releasing treated Fukushima water into sea in 2 years

   April 14, 2021 9:13 AM
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by Chie Kobayashi, Blake Essig and Nectar Gan, CNN

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Releasing massive amounts of treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean An option fiercely opposed by local fishermen and residents
 
TOKYO, Japan - Japan will start releasing more than 1 million metric tons of treated radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean in two years, the government said Tuesday -- a plan that faces opposition at home and has raised "grave concern" in neighbouring countries.

The decision to release the wastewater comes more than a decade after the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in 2011, having been repeatedly delayed due to safety concerns and strong opposition from local fishermen still reeling from the fallout of the crisis.

Work to release the water into the Pacific Ocean will begin in about two years, and the whole process is expected to take decades, according to the Japanese government.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said dealing with the treated water is "an unavoidable issue" in order to decommission the nuclear plant.

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