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...Official confirmation of the move, which came more than a decade after the nuclear disaster, will also deal another blow to the fishing industry in Fukushima, which has opposed the measure for years.

The prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, told a meeting of ministers on Tuesday that the government had decided that releasing the water into the Pacific Ocean was the “most realistic” option, and “unavoidable in order to achieve Fukushima’s recovery”.

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Christopher Neely on Apr 13, 2021

This will be done over decades, but that doesn't make me feel any better about this. Somehow the U.S. has come out in support of Japan's decision, while all other Asian and Pacific countries have denounced the decision. It's hard to imagine another solution, but this one just doesn't seem right. 

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Bob Meinetz on Apr 18, 2021

Christopher, the release of tritiated water from Fukushima-Daiichi is a non-issue:

• All of the dangerous, long-lived fission products except for tritium have been removed from the water.
• The total radiation of all 600 Tbq (terabecquerels) of tritium in storage is dwarfed by the natural production of 146,000 Tbq each year (243 times as much) in the atmosphere by cosmic ray bombardment.
• Though one person has died from exposure to radiation at Fukushima, over 1,000 people died in the panicked evacuation.

The only thing to fear about nuclear energy is fear itself.

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