Suga’s Cabinet agrees with TEPCO’s plans to drop Fukushima Daiichi’s radiactive water into the sea, while PRC, ROK, UN and Greenpeace raise their protests against Japan’s spill.
The Government of Japan currently led by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has finally decided to dump 1.23 million tons of radioactive water contained in the storage tanks of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean.
The Japanese Government explains that the contaminated water has been teated conveniently and that the main radiactive waste still present in this water is tritium. And this in low quantities.
Although the decision has already been announced, it will take around two years before the downloads of radioactive water into the Pacific begin at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
China and South Korea have reacted against a decision that the PRC describes as unilateral. The same does the UN, whose Experts Group on Human Rights can’t agree with the spill, from the point of view of protecting the human rights of those who live in the area.
Greenpeace Japan has intensified the awareness campaign, the collection of signatures and the proactive actions before national and international bodies, not only against the spill agreed by Suga’s Cabinet, but also against the decommissioning plan for the nuclear power plant that TEPCO intends to carry out. A plan that this NGO pro environmental protection describes as flawed.
A nuclear disaster as serious as that at Chernobyl
I recall here that the nuclear plant, owned by the TEPCO power company, was severely damaged by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that washed away the coast of the Tohoku region in 2011.
As a result of the earthquake and the tidal wave that swept over the island of Honshu, two of the six reactors at the Fukushima I nuclear plant in Okuma exploded. This was followed by a partial meltdown and fires in three of the other units at the plant.
Many residents of the prefecture who lived there were evacuated to nearby towns. Radiation levels near the Fukushima Daiichi I reached a maximum of 400 mSv / h (millisievert per hour) due to the damage suffered at the nuclear power plant. On April 11th 2011, Japanese Government officials updated and raised the disaster severity rating it at level 7, the same recorded in Chernobyl.
Eastwind reported in-depth information on the earthquake, the tsunami, the disaster at the nuclear power plant and on the human and economic damages that resulted from all this catastrophe.