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Japanese government says release of more than a million tons of water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant start in the spring or summer, prompting anger among local fishing communities and countries in the region.
The Guardian reports.
The decision comes more than two years after the government has approved the release of the water, which will be free of most radioactive materials, but will still contain tritium, a naturally occurring radioactive form of hydrogen that is technically difficult to separate from water.
Japanese officials insist that “purified” the water will not pose a threat to human health or the marine environment, but the plans are facing opposition from fishermen who say it could ruin their fishery.
Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in July that regulators considered safe to release the water, which will be gradually released into the Pacific Ocean through a tunnel after being cleaned and diluted.
South Korea and China have expressed concern about the release, while the Pacific Islands Forum recently said it has ” “serious concerns” about the planned water release.
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