Japan will discharge more than one million tons of sewage from the Fukushima nuclear reactor into the ocean. It is planned to carry out the first discharge within two years from now so that operators have enough time to purify water from harmful isotopes, install facilities and arrange permits.
The Japanese government stated that removing the cooling water is a necessary next step in the decommissioning of the reactor, which was hit by a major earthquake and tsunami in 2011. The government pointed out that the filtered water from nuclear reactors is discharged into the sea in many parts of the world.
It is expected that it will take decades to complete the project completely. The United States expressed support for Japan’s approach, saying that Japan has maintained good cooperation with international nuclear agencies since the nuclear disaster. The United States also praised Japan’s transparent decision-making.
Let us review the earthquake and devastating tsunami that occurred on March 11, 2011:
Close to it, there will be more worrying voices. Neighboring South Korea is seriously concerned about emissions and is worried that it will have an indirect impact on the safety of its citizens and the environment. The South Koreans called on Japan to share more information about its plans and said they would monitor the situation more closely.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the decision “absolutely irresponsible.” The spokesperson said that Japan should not implement these plans before reaching an agreement with all relevant countries and international nuclear agencies.
Their own country has also been criticized. For many years, the fisheries union has been calling on the government not to discharge water because it will have a “catastrophic impact” on the fishery.