Japan Announces Plan To Release Treated Water From Fukushima Plant Into the Ocean

Japan Announces Plan To Release Treated Water From Fukushima Plant Into the Ocean

Ten years after the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster, the Japanese government announced that it will release treated radioactive water from the destroyed plant into the ocean beginning in 2023. The decision to dump more than 1 million metric tons of contaminated water into the Pacific ocean has upset local fishers and surrounding countries. 

Why This Matters: A decade after a 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami led to a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the decision to release water into the ocean is just one part of the prolonged decommissioning of the plant.

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Ten Years After Fukushima, the Future of Nuclear Power Is Up In the Air

The Fukushima nuclear disaster is a distant memory to most Americans, but at the time it prompted global concern about the releases of nuclear waste into the ocean and atmosphere.  The 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami killed 15,900 people, and subsequent deaths from illness and suicide linked to the disaster totaled 3,775, according to a […]

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