Watch | Japan to release contaminated Fukushima water into the sea

On April 13, the Japanese govt. announced the release of more than 1 million tonnes of contaminated water into the sea from the destroyed Fukushima​ nuclear station.

This move has been opposed by its own fishing industry and neighbouring countries like South Korea, China, and Taiwan

According to the govt., the first release of water will take place in about two years. This time period will give the plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) time to begin filtering the water to remove harmful isotopes, build infrastructure and acquire regulatory approval.

Japan​ has argued that the water release is necessary to press ahead with the complex decommissioning of the plant after it was crippled by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Printable version | May 8, 2021 4:10:25 AM |

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