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Is Japan’s nuclear wastewater dump safe?

Japan has begun releasing treated radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean. The UN has signed off on the plan, and Japan insists it’s safe. However, neighbouring countries have expressed concern and China has imposed an import ban on Japanese seafood.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll explain what’s in this water and what we know about how safe it is to release.


Guest: Emma Gillespie, Deputy Editor at TDA

Hosts: Zara Seidler and Sam Koslowski

Producer: Ninah Kopel

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Japan has begun releasing nuclear waste water into the Pacific

Japan has started pumping treated nuclear waste water into the Pacific Ocean. It’s the result of a nuclear accident in 2011.

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