Fukushima Wastewater

It’s a trans-boundary and trans-generational event. Anything released into the ocean off of Fukushima is not going to stay in one place - Robert Richmond

Fukushima Wastewater
Fukushima Wastewater

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Japan releases nuclear wastewater into the Pacific. How worried should we be?

Japan has started releasing wastewater into the ocean. But this isn’t the kind of wastewater that flows from city streets into stormwater drains. It’s treated nuclear wastewater used to cool damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, stricken by an earthquake over a decade ago.

Japan claims that the wastewater, containing a radioactive isotope called tritium and possibly other radioactive traces, will be safe. Neighboring countries and other experts say it poses an environmental threat that will last generations and may affect ecosystems all the way to North America. Who is right?

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