The Japanese government said releasing the contaminated water would allow the plant to be decommissioned. Photo: Kyodo
The Japanese government said releasing the contaminated water would allow the plant to be decommissioned. Photo: Kyodo

Explainer |
Why is Japan going to dump radioactive water from Fukushima nuclear plant in the sea? What are the risks and is there an alternative?

  • Decision to release waste water from the nuclear plant hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011 has triggered a backlash from neighbouring countries
  • Many scientists believe it is the only realistic option, but governments, fishing groups and environmentalists have also expressed concern

The Japanese government said releasing the contaminated water would allow the plant to be decommissioned. Photo: Kyodo
The Japanese government said releasing the contaminated water would allow the plant to be decommissioned. Photo: Kyodo
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