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Japan: Fukushima Water Release Plan Clears Hurdle

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Last week's regulatory green light for a scheme to release nearly 1.4 million tonnes of tritium-laced water from the Fukushima Daiichi site into the Pacific Ocean was a key milestone, but significant hurdles remain if water releases are to start by the middle of next year as planned. Before that happens site owner Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) must secure three critical local approvals and install complex new installations on site. Just as importantly Tepco and the Japanese government must manage the pushback from plan opponents, in particular the Japanese fishing industry and nearby governments in Beijing, Seoul and Taipei alarmed at the prospect of the tritium contaminating their waters.

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