Japan ‘planning on dumping radioactive water from Fukushima into the sea’
Officials in Japan have reportedly approved a plan to discharge radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear disaster into the Pacific Ocean, a plan which could begin later this year. The goal, supported by the Japanese Government is said to involve the release of the 1.3 million cubic tons of radioactive wastewater now stored in tanks at the Fukushima Daiichi facility later this year.
Numerous environmental groups and marine scientists worldwide have slammed the proposal put forth by TEPCO, the nuclear plant’s owner.
Critics of the move have cautioned against using the Pacific Ocean as a dumping ground for water contaminated with radioactivity and have called for alternative methods of disposal to be explored.
Shaun Burnie, senior nuclear specialist at Greenpeace East Asia, said: “The Japanese government is desperate for international endorsement for its Pacific Ocean radioactive water dump plans.
“It has failed to protect its own citizens, including the vulnerable fishing communities of Fukushima, as well as nations across the wider Asia Pacific region.”
He added: “The marine environment is under extreme pressure from climate change, overfishing and resource extraction.
“Yet, the G7 thinks it’s acceptable to endorse plans to deliberately dump nuclear waste into the ocean.
“Politics inside the G7 at Sapporo just trumped science, environmental protection, and international law.”
South Korean experts have agreed to a visit to the Fukushima nuclear facility later this month after extensive negotiations between Japanese and South Korean officials.
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The Japanese administration offered an update on the condition of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which was severely damaged by a tsunami, during the talks, which took place on Friday in Seoul and online.
Authorities are getting ready to let the water out, seeing it as a necessary step in the decommissioning procedure.
A four-day visit by a South Korean delegation to Japan has been agreed upon by the two sides following a nearly 12-hour meeting that went on past midnight, according to a statement issued by Japan’s Foreign Ministry early on Saturday.
The itinerary of the visit has not yet been finalised, but it will include a tour of the Fukushima nuclear facility.
The Fukushima Daiichi plant’s cooling systems were seriously damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011, which led to the meltdown of three reactors and the release of a considerable amount of radioactivity.
The highly radioactive water used to cool these damaged reactor cores leaks into the basements of the reactor buildings.
Then, it is gathered, processed, and kept in about 1,000 tanks, which today take up a substantial amount of the factory.
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