The Japanese government has decided to discharge contaminated water used to cool reactors damaged by the Fukushima nuclear accident into the Pacific.
This was announced by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, confirming the predictions of the New Year’s Eve and despite apparent opposition from public opinion, the fishing industry and representatives of the local agricultural sector. Suga met with executive members, including Industry Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama, to formalize the decision, made exactly 10 years after the March 2011 disaster.
The Korean Foreign Ministry summoned Japan’s Ambassador Koichi Aiboshi Filed a formal protest after Koo Yun Cheol, the government’s policy coordinator, said Seoul “strongly opposed” the discharge of more than 1.25 million tons of contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. into the sea. Tokyo “will release radioactive water after dilution to the point that it does not harm humans. But dilution will not change the total amount of radioactive emissions,” a coalition of 31 groups of anti-nuclear citizens and environmental advocates in Seoul denounced.
China urged Japan not to release radioactive water into the sea processed and accumulated for more than 10 years in “without permission” plants from other countries and the International Atomic Energy Agency (Aiea). Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said: “China has the right to make follow-up reactions” to Tokyo’s move. The US has expressed agreement with Japan’s plan, but Zhao expressed skepticism about it, saying that China believes Washington also “takes environmental issues seriously.”
“We are aware of the Japanese government’s decision” to dump the radioactive water of the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific. A spokesman European Commission answer questions from journalists. “The committee expects the Japanese authorities to ensure adequate security In the spillway operations fully comply with national and international obligations – the spokesperson added -. Complete transparency in this type of activity is important. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep in touch with our Japanese partners. “
Japan Green Peace Organization strongly condemns the government decision led by Prime Minister Suga More than 1.23 million tons of radioactive wastewater stored in storage tanks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are discharged into the Pacific. Here’s what is outlined in a note from the organization. “This decision completely ignores the human rights and interests of the people of Fukushima and in general of Japan and the Asian region bordering the Pacific,” Greenpeace said. “The Japanese government has once again disappointed the people in Fukushima,” said Kazue Suzuki of Japan’s Green Peace Japan Energy and Climate Campaign. “The government – he continued – has made the utterly unreasonable decision to deliberately pollute the Pacific with radioactive water. The government has ignored the risks associated with radiation exposure and by default.” evidence of sufficient storage of contaminated water at the nuclear power site and surrounding counties Instead of using the best available technology to minimize the risk of radiation exposure by long-term water storage and properly treating water to reduce pollution, they decided to choose a cheaper option, which is to discharge water in the Pacific. “. Greenpeace, the note writes, supports the people of Fukushima, including the fishing communities, in their efforts to halt these plans.
The daily maintenance of the Fukushima Daiichi plant generates the equivalent of 140 tons of contaminated water that, although treated in reclaimed plants, still contains tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen. Only more than 1,000 tanks are accumulated in the area adjacent to the plant, equivalent to 1.25 million tons of liquid, and according to the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the tanks will maximum capacity allowed by Summer 2022. Protests against the overflow of water have also been expressed by neighboring countries, including China and South Korea, in the past. In February last year, during a plant visit, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (Aiea), Rafael Grossi, admitted that discharging water into the Pacific would be in line with international standards. of the nuclear industry. Catastrophe 3 in Fukushima was triggered by a 9-magnitude earthquake and the ensuing tsunami, causing the nuclear fuel to overheat, followed by the melting of the inner core of the reactors, leading to hydrogen explosions and radiation emissions.