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China slams Japan over ‘irresponsible’ Fukushima plan

Beijing is “strongly opposed” to the dumping of water from the disaster-stricken nuclear plant into the ocean

The Japanese authorities’s plan to discharge water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear energy plant into the ocean is “extremely selfish and irresponsible,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin stated on Tuesday.

“The ocean sustains humanity. It is not a sewer for Japan’s nuclear-contaminated water,” Wang advised reporters on the day by day press briefing, calling the Japanese plan “unjustified, unreasonable and unnecessary.”

“Japan is putting its selfish interests above the long-term wellbeing of the entire humanity,” the spokesman added. “China is gravely concerned and strongly opposed to this.”

Beijing intends to take all essential steps to “protect the marine environment, ensure food safety and safeguard people’s life and health,” Wang added, with out giving specifics.

Earlier on Tuesday, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida introduced that the dumping of waste water into the Pacific Ocean would start on August 24, “weather conditions permitting.” 

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has for 2 years sought approval to begin dumping water from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear energy plant, which was crippled by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The plant produces 100 cubic meters of radioactive water each day, to maintain its reactors from melting down, and TEPCO is working out of storage on web site.

The firm intends to launch a complete of 1 million metric tons of water into the ocean, beginning with round 7,800 cubic meters over 17 days. 

Tokyo insists that the wastewater has been handled and poses no hazard to humanity or marine life, however Japan’s neighbors disagree. The ocean dump proposal has been endorsed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which stated its influence on the atmosphere could be “negligible.”

According to the UN nuclear watchdog, the wastewater incorporates about 190 becquerels of tritium per liter, nicely under the ten,000 becquerel restrict set by the World Health Organization. IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi not too long ago claimed the wastewater was protected sufficient for ingesting and swimming. He didn’t reply to Beijing’s request to drink it himself, nonetheless.

“China and other stakeholders have pointed out on multiple occasions that if the Fukushima nuclear-contaminated water is truly safe, Japan wouldn’t have to dump it into the sea-and certainly shouldn’t if it’s not,” Wang advised reporters on Tuesday.

While Beijing didn’t specify measures it intends to undertake in response, China’s particular administrative areas of Hong Kong and Macao have already stated they might “immediately activate” import controls on Japanese seafood, protecting stay, frozen, refrigerated, and dried fish, in addition to sea salt and seaweed.