Fukushima.  A million tons of radioactive water would end up in the ocean.  The International Atomic Energy Agency approved the plan

Japan said it would start releasing more than 1 million tons of radioactive water from the earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged Fukushima nuclear power plant on Thursday. And it is this implementation of the plan that has drawn particularly strong criticism from China.

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The plan, approved by the Japanese government two years ago as a major step to decommissioning the plant, is also opposed by local fishing groups. They are afraid of losing their earning potential.

Japan insists that the water release is safe. The International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog, also approved the plan in July, saying it met international standards and had “minimal” impact on people and the environment.

Beijing criticizes

Mimo that Some neighboring countries have expressed doubts about its safetyBeijing has become its most radical critic. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said in July that Japan had shown selfishness and arrogance and had not fully consulted the international community on the water release.

China has banned seafood imports from 10 prefectures in Japan, including Fukushima and the capital, Tokyo. Importing seafood from other governorates is permitted, but it must pass radioactivity tests and have proof that it comes from outside the 10 banned governorates.

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South Korean activists also protested the plan, but Seoul concluded its own research on this The release of water complies with international standards and has been stated to respect the assessment of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Japan says the water will be filtered to remove most radioactive elements except for tritium, an isotope of hydrogen that is difficult to separate from water. Japanese authorities said the treated water would be diluted to a level well below international tritium levels before being released into the Pacific.

The water was originally used to cool fuel rods at Fukushima Daiichi after it melted in the disaster caused by the massive tsunami that hit Japan’s east coast in 2011.

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