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Pacific Islands Forum wants assurances on Japan's nuclear waste dump plans

Christian Fernsby |
The Pacific Islands Forum is demanding Japan share pivotal information about the waste water it wants to dump from the Fukushima power site.

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The plan raised a global outcry at the potential damage to the Pacific from the more than one million tonnes of treated waste from the nuclear plant wrecked by an earthquake and tsunami 10 years ago.

On behalf of the Pacific the Forum has been looking for assurances from the Japanese Government that the water is safe.

The Forum Secretary General, Henry Puna, said the agency wants "open and frank consultation" along with sustained dialogue at the political and technical level.

"I appeal to the Government of Japan to continue to share the relevant information in its totality, and within agreed timelines," he said.

Mr Puna said the Pacific requires nothing less than full and complete disclosure of all information and evidence to enable the region to fully understand the issue and its impacts.

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