Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Japan to create undersea tunnel to release wastewater from Fukushima nuclear power plant just 1km off the coast



 Some upsetting news for environmental activists and neighboring countries who have expressed discontent over Japan's decision to release wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. 

Local media is reporting that Japan will press ahead with plans to discharge the nuclear wastewater into the sea,... just one kilometer off the coast. Shin Ye-eun reports....


  1. International outcry isn't stopping Japan from discharging "wastewater" into the Pacfic Ocean.
    Nikkei Asia on Wednesday reported that Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will announce their decision to release treated wastewater into the ocean through an undersea tunnel...just one kilometer off the coast.
    The report comes only months after the government announced in April that they will dilute the wastewater below national standards ahead of releasing it into the sea within two years.
    Nikkei Asia added that TEPCO is aiming to survey appropriate areas of the seabed, and submit the plan to the Nuclear Regulation Authority as early as next month for screening.
    The tunnel, used to release the water, is set to be completed by early 2023.

    1. Whether Japan should discharge radioactive water from the Fukushima plant has been a controversial issue for years.
      The facility has been storing some 1-million tons of treated wastewater since 2011, when a massive earthquake and tsunami destroyed reactors contaminating its cooling water.
      Japanese officials have long argued that releasing this water was the most realistic option they had.
      They even obtained an agreement from the International Atomic Energy Agency to monitor the process before the discharge.

    2. Regardless, local fishermen have been particularly concerned that the discharge would affect their livelihoods.
      In response, the Japanese government and TEPCO said the tunnel will minimize damage.
      They explained the water will go through a treatment process where most of the radioactive material is removed.
      But the water will still contain tritium, which is only harmless in small amounts.
      Authorities added they will set up a fund to buy fisheries products and freeze them for temporary storage to make sure the discharge of wastewater doesn't cripple the fishery industry.


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