No surprise as pro-nuclear IAEA OKs water dump

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Calling it “a very special night,” Rafael Grossi, head of the nuclear power-promoting International Atomic Energy Agency, on Tuesday gave Japan’s prime minister the green light to begin dumping more than a million tonnes of radioactively contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima nuclear site.

But the decision is not so special for Japanese fishermen or Pacific Islanders who have strongly objected to the plan, along with marine scientists and the global environmental movement. Tritium, the main radioactive component of the waste water, can bind organically within living creatures, creating a long-lasting level of contamination in the food chain and harming sea life already struggling for survival against the ravages of plastics, pollution and global warming.


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