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Japan to start dumping Fukushima nuclear wastewater on August 24

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks to the media on the Prime Minister’s workplace in Tokyo, Japan, August 22, 2023. /CFP

Japan will start discharging the nuclear-contaminated water saved on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy plant into the ocean on August 24, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stated on Tuesday.

The choice was made throughout a cupboard assembly on Tuesday after two years of “careful deliberation,” Kishida stated, including that he has already instructed Tokyo Electric Power Company to hold out the plan.

In a bid to placate fears about broken status to meals security among the many fishing business within the Pacific, Kishida vowed to guard the neighborhood’s pursuits, enhance home demand and broaden the abroad market.

The discharge plan was decided final month by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to have met worldwide requirements, however IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has stated the establishment doesn’t endorse dumping nuclear-contaminated water into the ocean. 

Scientists, authorized consultants and authorities officers from neighboring nations have challenged the report’s validity and fiercely protested the plan over considerations about destructive environmental results.

Critics say the IAEA report had severe limitations in its scope, because the authors have been solely allowed to evaluate a plan already determined by the Japanese authorities, excluding the examination of different choices akin to geological injection, steam launch, hydrogen launch and underground burial.

The discharge of Fukushima water into the ocean lacks worldwide precedents and shouldn’t be accredited by the IAEA alone, Zhang Yanqiang, a global legislation professor and director of the Institute for Yellow Sea and Bohai Studies at Dalian Maritime University, advised CGTN in a earlier interview.

“The matter is under the purview of international law, meaning it should be concerning a host of international bodies such as the International Maritime Organization, which has a mandate to address environmental concerns, the World Health Organization, the World Trade Organization and even human rights organizations,” Zhang defined.

Source: CGTN