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Tainted water: Fukushima still faces contamination crisis via Japan Today

Fish market vendor Satoshi Nakano knows which fish caught in the radiation tainted sea off the Fukushima coast should be kept away from dinner tables.Yet five years after the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, there is still no consensus on the true extent of the damage—exacerbating consumer fears about what is safe to eat.

Environmentalists are at odds with authorities, warning the huge amounts of radiation that seeped into coastal waters after a powerful tsunami caused a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11, 2011, could cause problems for decades.

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But Greenpeace’s Burnie says stopping the groundwater flow is crucial to protecting the region.

“What impact is this having on the local ecology and the marine life, which is going on over years, decades?”, Burnie asked.

He added: “We can come back in 50 years and still be talking about radiological problems” at the nuclear plant as well as along the coast, he said.

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