Japan to release Fukushima water into the sea

Contaminated water is stored in tanks since the nuclear plant was wrecked by a tsunami in 2011. An official decision could come by the end of the month, ending years of debate over what to do with the water.

Other options include evaporation or the construction of more storage tanks, but government has chosen the option to release it in the Pacific Ocean.

Environmental groups, local fishermen and neighbouring countries have all expressed concerns about the threat to the environment and marine life. However, the water at Fukushima will be diluted inside the plant before it is released so that it is 40 times less concentrated, with the whole process taking 30 years.

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Source: The BBC, the Guardian

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