US News Japan will reject Fukushima water to the sea after treatment

06:25  13 april  2021
06:25  13 april  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Le Japon va rejeter de l'eau de Fukushima à la mer après traitement © provided by the point

L E Japan will reject to the sea, after treatment, water from the fukushima rugged nuclear power plant ( Northeast), announced Tuesday Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, despite the opposition that this project encounters.

This decision puts an end to seven years of debate on how to get rid of the water from the rain, groundwater or injections necessary to cool the cores of the nuclear reactors fused after the gigantic tsunami of March 11th 2011.

The water will be rejected "After making sure that it is at a level (of radioactive substances, NDLR) clearly below the safety standards," said Suga, adding that the Japanese government would take "Measures" to prevent this from harming the reputation of the region.

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About 1.25 million tons of contaminated water are currently stored in more than a thousand tanks near the rugged nuclear power plant ten years ago in northeastern Japan.

A decision was all the more urgent as the limits of the storage capacity of the water on the spot could be achieved in the fall of 2022.

the water intended to be released in this operation, which should take several years, has been filtered several times to be rid of most of its radioactive substances (radionuclides), but not tritium, which can not be eliminated with current techniques.

This option, privileged to the detriment of other scenarios, such as evaporation in air or sustainable storage, is very disputed by fishermen and Fukushima farmers who fear that this does not degrade the image of their products with Consumers.

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"We take this decision seriously," said Tomoaki Kobayakawa, the TEPCO boss, the operator of the damaged nuclear power plant.

"We will take steps to prevent harmful rumors from circulating" against agriculture, forests, fisheries and local tourism, he added.

vivid opposition

"Contaminated water management is a question that can not be avoided" in the context of rebuilding in Fukushima, said Suga at the press last Wednesday after his meeting with the leader of The Federation of Japan Fisheries Cooperatives, strongly opposed to the project.

The government "told us that it would not reject water (at sea, NDLR) without the accession of fishermen," said NHK Kanji Tachiya's public television channel, head of a local cooperative. Fukushima fishing Tuesday morning before the announcement of the decision.

"Now they come back on it and tell us that they will reject the water, it's incomprehensible," he added.

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The neighbors of Japan, with whom Tokyo maintains hearing relationships on the background of historical litigation, also manifested their dissatisfaction, China having communicated on Monday its "serious concern" and called Japan to "caution" in the elimination of the contaminated water.

South Korea has its "lively concern" concerning the Japanese decision to reject contaminated water.

Early 2020, experts commissioned by the government had recommended rejection at sea, an already existing practice in Japan and abroad on active nuclear facilities.

Tritium is dangerous for human health than at very high dose, according to experts. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also advocates for the option of dilution at sea.

The Greenpeace environmental organization has however called to continue the storage of water until the technology allows to decontaminate it completely.

"The decision to reject contaminated water in the ocean will leave huge trouble for the future," said Greenpeace Monday in a statement.

13/04/2021 02:27:50 - Tokyo (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

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