Japan discharges millions of tons of wastewater from the Tokyo Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea. This step has been taken despite stiff opposition from neighboring countries and fishermen. The project has been under discussion for many years. The government says that there is no danger of water flowing into the sea. The government said that the water was purified by removing radioactive particles. China has accused Japan of being irresponsible.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has approved the flow of water. The agency said that Fukushima was operating similar to the water of nuclear power plants in other parts of the world. A cabinet meeting chaired by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihida Suga stated that flooding is an integral part of the process of reducing the plant. The Prime Minister said that the drainage of water will be done only after ensuring safety.
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was damaged by the 2011 tsunami. 1.25 million tonnes of water was stored in the plant. The water used to cool the nuclear plant, including rainwater and groundwater, is drained. The project will take decades to complete. Local fishermen came out against the drift of the water. After the tsunami, confidence in Fukushima’s fish resources was restored over the years. The fishermen also said that water could not flow into the sea without the support of the fishermen.
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