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Environmentalists slam Japan's plan to release 1 mil. tons of radioactive waste into Pacific Ocean Updated: 2019-08-08 16:26:28 KST

Global environmental watchdogs have slammed Japan's plan to release one million tons of radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean.
In an article published by the Economist, Greenpeace nuclear specialist Shaun Burnie said releasing wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear plant would increase the exposure to radiation in neighboring countries, especially South Korea.

He said it will take around 17 years for all the radioactive materials in the waste water to break down.
Burnie criticized the Abe administration for neglecting the development of technologies to clean up radioactive materials.
He said Tokyo has now "given up" on providing an explanation and is rather keeping silent on the matter.
According to Burnie, there's no legal course of action that could stop Japan from releasing the pollutants.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Greenpeace office in Seoul called Tokyo's act a crime that threatens not only the ocean near Fukushima but also countries in Pacific Ocean.
Greenpeace Korea urged the Abe administration not to cause this environmental crisis.
KIM Da-mi, Arirang News.
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