TOKYO (AP) — Japan plans to start releasing treated radioactive water from the tsunami-destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean in late August, Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported Monday, citing unnamed government sources.
The launch is likely to come shortly after Prime Minister Fumio Kishida meets US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol in the United States next week and explains the water safety in question, he said.
Japan’s nuclear regulator last month granted approval for the operator of the Tokyo Electric Power plant to begin releasing the water, which Japan and the International Atomic Energy Agency say is safe, but neighboring countries fear could contaminate the food.
Bottom trawling is scheduled to start off Fukushima, northeast of Tokyo, in September, and the government aims to start discharging water before the fishing season begins, the newspaper said.
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