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Safety concerns over Fukushima nuclear wastewater: Analysis with Shaun Burnie Updated: 2021-04-20 13:57:13 KST

For an analysis, Shaun Burnie, a nuclear specialist with Greenpeace East Asia joins us live from the UK.
Thank you for joining us.

Could you first tell us how Japan's water treatment process works, and is it really safe to dump the contaminated water into the ocean once they're 'treated'?

Japan argues that the tritium levels of its Fukushima plant are very low compared to other nuclear power plants in the world and do not pose a threat to human health. But scientists warn that in the water, the isotope organically binds to other molecules, moving up the food chain and affecting plants, fish and humans.
Do you think Japan is underestimating the radioactive hazards of tritium?

What could be some possible short- and long-term impacts of releasing more than one million tons of nuclear wastewater into the ocean on humans and the environment?

The IAEA and the U.S. seem confident that the process and the discharge will be safe. What's your response to this stance?

Neighboring countries like South Korea, China and Taiwan are expected to suffer the biggest impact but it will also pose threat to many of the Pacific Rim nations. Will we see concerted efforts to stop Japan's plans?

What do you, and Greenpeace think is the safest way to get rid of the nuclear wastewater in Fukushima?

Shaun Burnie at Greenpeace for us tonight, thank you for your insights.
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