6 Jul 2023

Number of experts deem Japan's nuclear wastewater plan 'safe'

From , 6:02 am on 6 July 2023
An aerial photo shows Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma town, Fukushima Prefecture on February 12, 2022. The nuclear plant was damaged by a massive tsunami during the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. The crippled nuclear station has been under decommissioning. ( The Yomiuri Shimbun ) (Photo by Toshikazu Sato / Yomiuri / The Yomiuri Shimbun via AFP)

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The chief of the UN nuclear agency says Japan's plans to dump more than one-million-tonnes of treated nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean are safe.

Twelve years on from the Fukushima disaster, over one-million-tonnes of treated but still contaminated nuclear wastewater is to be diluted and then disposed of in the Pacific, possibly as soon as next week.

The 140 page report of the  International Atomic Energy Agency said it was not endorsing the plan, which was a decision for Japan to make.

But the IAEA's Director-general, Rafael Mariano Grossi says the water treatment facilities being used will meet  international standards.

He says his team will continue to monitor the project which is set to continue for decades. 

Lydia Lewis from RNZ Pacific has been covering the developments.