Despite opposition, Japan begins 6th discharge of Fukushima wastewater

Despite opposition, Japan begins 6th discharge of Fukushima wastewater

TOKYO Electric Power Company or TEPCO plans to discharge around 7,800 tons of treated water by June 4.

TEPCO’s Advanced Liquid Processing System, halted due to a contamination incident, restarted on Wednesday. Measures have been taken to prevent similar accidents.

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority recently ruled a February leak of 1.5 tons of contaminated water as a minor violation.

With 6.6 billion becquerels of radioactivity, the government warned of a serious violation due to the high concentration and potential consequences of the leak.

Meanwhile, on the same day, China reiterated in a briefing its firm resistance to Japan’s move to discharge.

“China’s firm opposition to the ocean discharge of the Fukushima nuclear-contaminated water has been consistent and unequivocal,” Weng Wenbin Spokesman, Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

Beijing also urged Tokyo to engage in full coordination with stakeholders and establish a long-term monitoring arrangement to avoid irrevocable consequences from the Fukushima nuclear-contaminated water.

“We urge Japan to cooperate fully in establishing an independent, effective, and long-term international monitoring arrangement with the substantive participation of Japan’s neighbors and other stakeholders, so as to earnestly avoid irrevocable consequences stemming from the ocean discharge, “ he added.

Previously, China has accused Japan of treating the ocean as its “private sewer” and criticized the International Atomic Energy Agency as being “one-sided” in favoring Japan on the matter.

The Fukushima plant, damaged by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami, continues to generate radioactive water.

Despite objections from various groups, Japan began ocean discharges in August last year, with about 39,000 tons released over five previous rounds.

 

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