Japan will release about 1.25 million tonnes of Fukushima water into the sea – part of its plan to decommission the power station destroyed in the 2011 tsunami. Japan’s decision to release more than one million tonnes of treated radioactive water – equivalent to about 500 Olympic-sized swimming pools – from the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea has stirred fierce controversy. The announcement was made on Tuesday. The first water release is not expected for about two years, during which time the plant’s owner, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) will filter the water, build infrastructure and secure regulatory approval.
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