UN watchdog approves plan to let water out of Fukushima nuclear plant

A UN watchdog has said that Japan’s plan to dump waste water from the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea is in line with international rules.

The International Atomic Energy Agency says that the release will have “negligible” effects on the environment.

The results come at a time when Beijing and Seoul are against Tokyo’s plan.

The water that was used to cool the nuclear reactors is running out of room at the Fukushima plant.


Japan hasn’t said when the release will happen, and the plan still needs to be approved by a government agency.

In 2011, three units at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant were flooded by water from a tsunami caused by an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0. It is thought to be the worst nuclear accident in the world since Chernobyl.

More than 150,000 people were moved out of an area around the plant that was set up as a no-go zone. The cleanup could take 40 years and cost the Japanese government trillions of yen.

The plant is also being shut down, but this process could take decades.

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Rafael Grossi, the head of the IAEA, was in Japan on Tuesday to meet with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and give him the results of a two-year review of Fukushima’s safety done by the UN group.

In May, the agency said that Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), which is the national nuclear regulator, had shown that it could make “accurate and precise measurements” of the amount of radiation in the treated water.

Tepco could give their final OK as soon as this week.

Every day, 100 cubic meters of waste water are made by the company. On-site tanks can hold up to 1.3 million cubic meters.

Most radioactive elements have been filtered out of the water, except for tritium, which is hard to remove from water because it is an isotope of hydrogen.

Tokyo has said that the tritium levels in the water that will be dumped into the Pacific Ocean have been treated with seawater and are well below the standards set by the international community.

Waste water from nuclear power plants around the world often has more tritium in it than the cleaned water from Fukushima.

China, on the other hand, has been very critical of Japan’s plan and on Monday warned the IAEA not to back it.

South Koreans, on the other hand, have bought a lot of sea salt because they are worried about food safety before the water is released.

Fukushima’s fishing villages are also worried that customers won’t buy their catches, even though there are strict rules for testing food from the area.

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