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Japan decides to discharge treated radioactive water from Fukushima into ocean 

All national dailies reported on the GOJ’s decision on Tuesday to release the treated radioactive water accumulating in tanks at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the ocean, having determined that the water will pose no safety concerns despite opposition from local fishermen and neighboring countries. The decision ends years of discussion on how to dispose of the more than 1 million tons of the treated water stored at the plant. Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the power plant, plans to start releasing the water in about two years.   

A total of about 1.25 million tons of treated water was stored in more than 1,000 tanks at the facility as of March. The tanks are expected to reach capacity as early as the fall of 2022. Before being stored in tanks, the water undergoes a treatment process that removes all the radioactive material except tritium. The water will be diluted before being discharged to lower the tritium concentration to below one-seventh of the level set by the World Health Organization for drinking water. 

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