Tuesday, 21 September, 2021


Japanese government approves plan to release treated Fukushima water into sea

Japan To Release 1 Million Tonnes Waste Water From Fukushima Nuclear Plant Into Sea Japan's government argues that the release will be safe because the water has been processed
Conrad Doyle | 13 April, 2021, 14:11

"It will be hard to accept if the Japanese side decides to release the contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant without sufficient consultations", Choi said.

The release is unlikely to begin for at least two years but has already sparked opposition from local fishing communities and concern in Beijing and Seoul.

"They told us that they wouldn't release the water into the sea without the support of fishermen", Kanji Tachiya, who heads a local fisheries cooperative in Fukushima, told NHK ahead of the announcement.

An alliance of 31 anti-nuclear and environmental civic groups in South Korea issued a statement expressing resentment at the Japanese government's move to release contaminated Fukushima water despite objections from neighboring countries and vowing to do everything possible to prevent what it calls nuclear terror.

China said Japan's plan would be damaging to public health and complained Tokyo had chose to dispose of the nuclear waste water "without regard for domestic and foreign doubts and opposition".

China said Japan's plan would be damaging to public health and complained Tokyo had made a decision to dispose of the nuclear waste water "without regard for domestic and foreign doubts and opposition". As a close neighbor and stakeholder, the Chinese side expresses grave concern over this.

Citing the assessment report of the IAEA, the spokesperson said that releasing nuclear wastewater into the ocean will impact the marine environment and the public health in surrounding countries.

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said that disposing of the water was an "inevitable task" in the decades-long process of decommissioning the nuclear plant.

"In this unique and challenging situation, Japan has weighed the options and effects, has been transparent about its decision, and appears to have adopted an approach in accordance with globally accepted nuclear safety standards", the U.S. Department of State said in a statement on its website.

Grossi said the IAEA had taken note of the concerns of relevant parties within the board with mounting global attention to this matter, and the agency will actively advance its work on the assessment and monitoring activities in an impartial, objective and scientific manner.

"The Japanese government has once again failed the people of Fukushima".

Experts say the element is only harmful to humans in large doses and with dilution the treated water poses no scientifically detectable risk.

"Releasing the water into the ocean will return to haunt us", they said.

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