Japan releases water from Fukushima plant

Environmental conservation

Context: Japan began releasing wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean.

  • A big step in decommissioning the still highly dangerous site 12 years after one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents.
  • Japan has repeatedly insisted the wastewater is treated and will be harmless
  • backed by the UN atomic watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • But China has warned the release will contaminate the ocean and banned all Japanese seafood imports.

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