American partners, South Korea and Taiwan, Along with China in opposition to Japan’s plan Radioactive water release from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power PlantI’ve been in the Pacific Ocean for about two years.
The three Asian governments, all with nearby shores, were quick to criticize Japan’s announcement that it will carry out controlled launches that are expected to last several decades. South Korea said that this step represents a Danger to the marine environment And security of neighboring countries, while China reserves the right to take further measures.
A spokesman for the Japanese Foreign Ministry pointed out that “despite national and international doubts and opposition, Japan decided unilaterally to release Fukushima’s nuclear wastewater into the sea before exhausting all forms of safe disposal and without full consultation with neighboring countries and the international community.” from China, Zhao Legian Reporters in Beijing. “This is extremely irresponsible.”
On the other hand, the United States indicated that the approach appears to be in line with global standards, while the Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency said that the world body will help ensure that the plan is implemented “without having an impact. Human health and the environment.”
“Getting rid of treated water is an inevitable matter of shutting down the Fukushima nuclear power plant,” said Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
The decision ends years of Discuss how to get rid of the water, Which is enough to fill more than 500 Olympic swimming pools, has leaked into reactors that suffered major collapses after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
America’s support comes as Suga prepares to become the first foreign leader to hold a summit in person with the president. Joe Biden On Washington Ahead of the climate conference, when Japan could announce new emissions-cutting targets for 2030. To fulfill its promise to be carbon neutral by 2050, some government officials argue that Japan will need to restart almost all of the nuclear reactors it shut down after the 2011 crises and then build more.
The US Secretary of State wrote: “We thank Japan for its transparent efforts in its decision to remove treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi site.” Anthony BlinkAnd Twitter.
Downloads are common industry practice and Japan has said it will meet global guidelines. A committee from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry recommended this water last year It spilled into the ocean or evaporated. The proposal states that any water released into the environment must be re-purified and diluted to meet standards, with discharges occurring over decades, according to METI’s December 2019 report.
As Tokyo electric power cycles on the water to conserve fuel and New ruins at the Fukushima siteFresh groundwater flows daily and becomes polluted. This water is pumped and cleaned in a process that removes most of the radioactive elements except for tritium. It is then stored in one of the approximately 1,000 tanks on site, which is expected to be full by mid-2022.
Greenpeace has criticized Japan’s plan to release treated Fukushima water into the ocean He said there are other options that should be considered.
“Instead of using the best available technology to reduce radiation risks through long-term storage and treatment of water, they have chosen the cheaper option, which is dumping water into the Pacific Ocean,” the group said.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report in April 2020 that the METI recommendations were “based on a sufficiently complete analysis and sound scientific and technical basis”.
The Taiwan Atomic Energy Council He regretted the decision and said he had expressed his opposition to the plan before. The agency in Taipei has set up 33 monitoring points in waters near Taiwan to assess any impact of radioactivity.
Hu Shijin, editor of the Communist Party-backed Global Times, said the United States had agreed to the plan “to strengthen Japan’s loyalty.”
“The United States believes it is far from Japan and has the least risks,” he wrote on Twitter. But ocean currents mean they will face the same danger in the future.