Protests over Fukushima water – level 2

31-08-2023 07:00

Protesters gathered in South Korea’s capital. They demand the government to take action against Japan’s release of treated radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Despite objections from fishing communities and environmental organizations, Japan began discharging the water into the sea. About 50,000 people joined the protest. They worry about the risks to local fishing.

Japan and scientists said the treated water was safe. Tokyo Electric Power filtered the water but kept the radioactive isotope tritium, which was too difficult to take out. South Korea sees no problems, but activists worry about unknown impacts.

Difficult words: release (to let something out), objection (an argument against something), discharge (to allow something to flow out from where it was).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What are the potential risks to local marine life due to the discharge of the treated radioactive water into the sea?


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