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Decision looms for Japan on dumping Fukushima wastewater into sea

Water with traces of radiation has been stored on-site, but capacity running out

Some 1,000 tanks store the tainted water at the site of the 2011 nuclear accident.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will soon have to decide whether to release radioactive wastewater stored at the site of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident into the ocean.

Treated but still-radioactive water is stored in tanks on the site of Tokyo Electric Power's Fukushima Daiichi plant, but spare capacity is expected to run out as early as October 2022. Preparations to release the water are said to require two years.

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