Japan is Going to Discharge Polluted Water from Nuclear into the Sea
Japan is going to discharge radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear disaster ten years ago.
A plan that is not well received by neighbouring countries China and South Korea. In total, this involves more than 1 million tons of polluted water.
The water was used, among other things, to cool the reactor of the nuclear power plant when it was hit by a major earthquake and a tsunami in 2011. The cooling water is currently in huge storage tanks.
Getting rid of the water is a headache for the Japanese government. For a long time, though, has been given to pumping the water into the sea. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s government has now made a decision.
The water will probably be discharged in two years at the earliest. The entire process may take decades. The intention is that the polluted water is first filtered and diluted.
China and South Korea have already expressed concerns about the plan. Japanese fishers are not keen on it either. They fear that such a measure could turn out badly for their profession. For example, after the nuclear disaster, South Korea halted the import of fish from the area near Fukushima.
Japan was hit by a massive earthquake and a tsunami on March 11, 2011. About 100,000 people fled, and nearly 19,000 were killed. As a result of the natural disaster, the nuclear power plant in Fukushima was damaged. It was the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.