IAEA will examine the release of contaminated water in Fukushima | News

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A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will visit Japan next week to examine the situation of contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, the agency reported on Monday.


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After 11 years of the disaster in Fukushima, caused by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami, the agency's representatives will coordinate the corresponding activities to supervise the future release of contaminated water from the nuclear power plant into the sea.

Despite the refusal of the Chinese and South Korean governments, Japan does not intend to abandon its decision, which has been made since April last year.

Similarly, environmental organizations have shown their opposition to the release of contaminated water, saying that "it violates human rights and the interests of the population of Fukushima, Japan and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region."

For more than a decade, the contaminated water needed by the reactors to reduce their temperature has been stored in thousands of tanks.

However, the energy company Tokyo Electric (Tepco), which managed the Fukushima plant, affirmed the unsustainability of continuing to store the water, so it must be released into the sea.

According to the forecasts of the authorities, the process of dumping the water into the sea could take decades, starting in 2023 when activities are planned to begin.

In March 2011, the Fukushima I nuclear power plant, which had been in operation since 1971, due to the impact of the tsunami, began to leak coolant, which produced three hydrogen explosions and the distillation of radioactive contamination.

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