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Japan to launch Fukushima water regardless of protests and issues

Damaged reactors and tanks retailer handled radioactive water at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan, January 19, 2023. /CFP

Japan will begin releasing greater than 1 million tonnes of handled radioactive water into the ocean from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear energy plant on August 24, stated Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday at a gathering of Cabinet ministers concerned within the plan.

The water will initially be launched in smaller parts and with further checks, with the primary discharge totaling 7,800 cubic meters over about 17 days beginning Thursday, stated the plant’s operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). 

That water will comprise about 190 becquerels of tritium per liter, under the World Health Organization ingesting water restrict of 10,000 becquerels per liter, in accordance with TEPCO. A becquerel is a unit of radioactivity. 

The firm goals to launch 31,200 tonnes of the handled water by the top of March 2024, which might empty solely 10 tanks on the web site. The tempo will decide up later. 

The plan, authorised two years in the past by the Japanese authorities, has confronted criticism at residence and overseas.

The launch of the handled wastewater has confronted sturdy opposition from Japanese fishing organizations, which fear about additional injury to the fame of their seafood as they wrestle to recuperate from the nuclear catastrophe. 

Masanobu Sakamoto, the pinnacle of the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations, stated on Monday that the group’s opposition to the plan had “not changed one bit,” including that they understood the discharge may very well be scientifically protected however nonetheless feared reputational injury. 

A complete of 88.1 p.c of residents surveyed expressed issues over the federal government’s plan to discharge handled radioactive wastewater into the ocean, in accordance with the most recent opinion ballot performed by the nationwide news company Kyodo. 

Hong Kong and Macao introduced that they’re banning merchandise from Fukushima and 9 different prefectures in response to Tokyo’s announcement, the Chinese particular administrative areas stated Tuesday. And on July 7, China’s General Administration of Customs introduced to ban imports of meals from 10 of Japan’s prefectures, together with Fukushima. 

South Korea stated in a press release launched Tuesday that it sees no downside with the scientific or technical elements of the plan, however didn’t essentially agree with or help it. 

Lee Jae-myung, the Democratic Party chief, delivered the letter by way of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on July 28, calling for Kishida to carry off on releasing radioactive wastewater. Lee expressed South Korean individuals’s concern for and opposition to the discharge plan with 5 proposals, comparable to launching a standing consultative physique for environmental affect evaluation, and discovering protected alternate options collectively via cooperation with the worldwide neighborhood. 

On Tuesday, Rafael Mariano Grossi, director common of International Atomic Energy Agency, stated in a press release that the UN company workplace opened on the plant in July will proceed monitoring the water launch so it stays in keeping with the security requirements and publish real-time monitoring information and different data. 

(With enter from companies)

Source: CGTN