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Japan Times: Japan decides to discharge water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea

The Japanese government announced today, Tuesday, its intention to drain the treated radioactive water accumulated at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant No. 1 since 2011 into sea water, after confirming that there will be no negative impact on human health or the environment as a result, despite the concerns of fishermen. Local and neighboring countries.

For its part, the Japanese newspaper "Japan Times" reported, in a news published on its website, that Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga met this morning with members of his government, including Minister of Industry Hiroshi Kagiyama, to formalize the decision, which comes a decade after A massive earthquake and tsunami caused the plant to collapse in March 2011.

The newspaper revealed, citing government sources, that Japan treated the water that is pumped into the destroyed reactors at the Fukushima plant to cool the molten fuel mixed with rain and polluted ground water as well, using an advanced liquid treatment system called "ALPS". This process removes most of the radioactive materials. Including strontium and cesium, but it leaves behind tritium, which poses a slight risk to human health at low concentration, while the treated water is stored in tanks inside the plant buildings, weighing so far more than 1.25 million tons, according to the Japan Times.