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Fukushima nuclear plant begins release of treated wastewater into sea

Japan’s tsunami-wrecked nuclear power plant in Fukushima is releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.

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The operator of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant said it had began releasing the first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.
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People protest at a beach toward the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, damaged by a massive March 11, earthquake and tsunami, in Namie town, northeastern Japan, Thursday, Aug. 24. The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it began releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday — a controversial step, but a milestone for Japan's battle with the growing radioactive water stockpile. The banner, seen at right, reads: Oppose to the release of the treated radioactive water into the ocean.
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This photo provided by Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) shows the first sampling of the treated water after dilution with seawater, at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, northern Japan, Thursday, Aug. 24. The tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday — a controversial step that prompted China to ban seafood from Japan.
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This aerial view shows the tanks which contain treated radioactive wastewater at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, northern Japan, Thursday, Aug. 24, as its operator Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings TEPCO has begun releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean — a controversial step, but a milestone for Japan’s battle with the growing radioactive water stockpile.
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South Korean students are detained by police officers as they attempt to enter to Japanese Embassy to protest denouncing to release treated radioactive water into the sea from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, at a building which houses Japanese Embassy, in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 24. The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has begun releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean — a controversial step, but a milestone for Japan's battle with the growing radioactive water stockpile.
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A South Korean student is detained by police officers as they attempt to enter to Japanese Embassy to protest denouncing to release treated radioactive water into the sea from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, at a building which houses Japanese Embassy, in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 24. The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has begun releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean — a controversial step, but a milestone for Japan's battle with the growing radioactive water stockpile.
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South Korean students are detained by police officers as they attempt to enter to Japanese Embassy to protest denouncing to release treated radioactive water into the sea from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, at a building which houses Japanese Embassy, in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 24. The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has begun releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean — a controversial step, but a milestone for Japan's battle with the growing radioactive water stockpile.
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South Korean students are detained by police officers as they attempt to enter to Japanese Embassy to protest denouncing to release treated radioactive water into the sea from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, at a building which houses Japanese Embassy, in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 24. The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has begun releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean — a controversial step, but a milestone for Japan's battle with the growing radioactive water stockpile.
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South Korean students are detained by police officers as they attempt to enter to Japanese Embassy to protest denouncing to release treated radioactive water into the sea from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, at a building which houses Japanese Embassy, in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 24. The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has begun releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean — a controversial step, but a milestone for Japan's battle with the growing radioactive water stockpile. The letters read "Oppose to release radioactive water."
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A customer shops at a supermarket for sushi and sashimi, some of which are labeled as from Japan, in Hong Kong, on Thursday, Aug. 24. The Hong Kong authorities have imposed a ban on imports of Japanese seafood as a gesture to oppose Japan's decision to discharge the treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant.
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A customer shops at a supermarket for sushi and sashimi, some of which are labeled as from Japan, in Hong Kong, on Thursday, Aug. 24. The Hong Kong authorities have imposed a ban on imports of Japanese seafood as a gesture to oppose Japan's decision to discharge the treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant.
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A worker sorts out fish at a wholesale market that used to sell Japanese seafood affected by the city's import ban, in Hong Kong, on Thursday, Aug. 24. The Hong Kong authorities have imposed a ban on imports of Japanese seafood as a gesture to oppose Japan's decision to discharge the treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant.
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A protester holds up a funeral portrait depiction of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during a protest against the discharge of treated Fukushima radioactive wastewater, outside the Japan general-consulate in Hong Kong, on Thursday, Aug. 24. The Hong Kong authorities have imposed a ban on imports of Japanese seafood as a gesture to oppose Japan's decision to discharge the treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant.
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People stick a depiction of a funeral portrait of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida onto a glass wall during a protest against the discharge of treated Fukushima radioactive wastewater, outside the Japan general-consulate in Hong Kong, on Thursday, Aug. 24. The Hong Kong authorities have imposed a ban on imports of Japanese seafood as a gesture to oppose Japan's decision to discharge the treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant.
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Protesters hold up placards depicting Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency to protest against the discharge of treated Fukushima radioactive wastewater, outside the Japan general-consulate in Hong Kong, on Thursday, Aug. 24. The Hong Kong authorities have imposed a ban on imports of Japanese seafood as a gesture to oppose Japan's decision to discharge the treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant.
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KYODO NEWS VIA AP

This aerial view shows the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, northern Japan, Thursday, Aug. 24, shortly after its operator Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings TEPCO began releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean — a controversial step, but a milestone for Japan’s battle with the growing radioactive water stockpile.
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People protest at a beach toward the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, damaged by a massive March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, in Namie town, northeastern Japan, Thursday, Aug. 24. The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it began releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday — a controversial step, but a milestone for Japan’s battle with the growing radioactive water stockpile.
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People protest at a beach toward the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, damaged by a massive March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, in Namie town, northeastern Japan, Thursday, Aug. 24. The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it began releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday — a controversial step, but a milestone for Japan’s battle with the growing radioactive water stockpile. The banner, seen at right, reads: Oppose to the release of the treated radioactive water into the ocean.
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Police officers stand guard outside of a building which houses Japanese Embassy, in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 24. The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has begun releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean — a controversial step, but a milestone for Japan's battle with the growing radioactive water stockpile.
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Protesters hold signs during a rally to denounce to release treated radioactive water into the sea from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, outside of a building which houses Japanese Embassy, in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 24. The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has begun releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean — a controversial step, but a milestone for Japan's battle with the growing radioactive water stockpile.
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Protesters hold signs during a rally to denounce to release treated radioactive water into the sea from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, outside of a building which houses Japanese Embassy, in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 24. The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has begun releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean — a controversial step, but a milestone for Japan's battle with the growing radioactive water stockpile. The letters read "Oppose to release radioactive water."
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KYODO NEWS VIA AP

This aerial view shows the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, northern Japan, Thursday, Aug. 24. The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has begun releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean — a controversial step, but a milestone for Japan’s battle with the growing radioactive water stockpile.
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The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is seen in Namie, Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan, Thursday, Aug. 24. The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has begun releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean — a controversial step, but a milestone for Japan’s battle with the growing radioactive water stockpile.
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Protesters hold a sign during a rally against the treated radioactive water release from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, in front of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) headquarters, Thursday, Aug. 24, in Tokyo. The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will begin releasing the first batch of treated and diluted radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean later Thursday, utility executives said.
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Protester holds a sign which reads "Do not discharge the wastewater into the sea" during a rally against the treated radioactive water release from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, in front of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) headquarters, Thursday, Aug. 24, in Tokyo. The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will begin releasing the first batch of treated and diluted radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean later Thursday, utility executives said.
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A protester holds a sign during a rally against the treated radioactive water release from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, in front of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) headquarters, Thursday, Aug. 24, in Tokyo. The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will begin releasing the first batch of treated and diluted radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean later Thursday, utility executives said.
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A protester holds a sign which reads "Do not discharge the wastewater into the sea" during a rally against the treated radioactive water release from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, in front of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) headquarters, Thursday, Aug. 24, in Tokyo. The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will begin releasing the first batch of treated and diluted radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean later Thursday, utility executives said.
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Protester holds a sign during a rally against the treated radioactive water release from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, in front of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) headquarters, Thursday, Aug. 24, in Tokyo. The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will begin releasing the first batch of treated and diluted radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean later Thursday, utility executives said.
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Members of an environmental group hold signs during a rally to demand the stop of the Japanese government's decision to release treated radioactive water into the sea from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 24. The letters read " Stop to release radioactive water."
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Members of an environmental group shout slogans during a rally to demand the stop of the Japanese government's decision to release treated radioactive water into the sea from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 24. The letters read " Stop to release radioactive water."
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A member of environmental group holds a mock fish during a rally to demand the stop of the Japanese government's decision to release treated radioactive water into the sea from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 24.
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Members of an environmental group shout slogans during a rally to demand the stop of the Japanese government's decision to release treated radioactive water into the sea from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 24.
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Members of an environmental group shout slogans during a rally to demand the stop of the Japanese government's decision to release treated radioactive water into the sea from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 24. The letters read " Stop to release radioactive water."
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This aerial view shows the tanks, seen foreground, which contain treated radioactive wastewater at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, northern Japan, on Aug. 22. The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will begin releasing the first batch of treated and diluted radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean later Thursday, Aug. 24, utility executives said.
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KYODO NEWS VIA AP

This aerial view shows the tanks containing treated radioactive wastewater at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, northern Japan, on Aug. 22. The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will begin releasing the first batch of treated and diluted radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean later Thursday, Aug. 24, utility executives said.
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Fishermen arrange their fishing net at Ukedo fishing port in Namie town, northeastern Japan, on Thursday, Aug. 24, near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, damaged by a massive March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will start releasing treated and diluted radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean as early as Thursday.
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The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, damaged by a massive March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, is seen from the nearby Ukedo fishing port in Namie town, northeastern Japan, Thursday, Aug. 24. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will start releasing treated and diluted radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean as early as Thursday.
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The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, damaged by a massive March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, is seen from the nearby Ukedo fishing port in Namie town, northeastern Japan, Thursday, Aug. 24. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will start releasing treated and diluted radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean as early as Thursday.
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The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, damaged by a massive March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, is seen from the nearby Ukedo fishing port in Namie town, northeastern Japan, Thursday, Aug. 24. The tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant's operator says it began releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday — a controversial step that prompted China to ban seafood from Japan.
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The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, damaged by a massive March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, is seen from the nearby Ukedo fishing port in Namie town, northeastern Japan, Thursday, Aug. 24. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will start releasing treated and diluted radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean as early as Thursday.
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The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, damaged by a massive March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, is seen from the nearby Ukedo fishing port in Namie town, northeastern Japan, Thursday, Aug. 24. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will start releasing treated and diluted radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean as early as Thursday.

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