‘VO’: China outraged over Japan’s decision to dump radioactive sewage into Pacific Ocean
Chinese officials, experts and the Pacific Islands Industry (PIC) have expressed concern over the decision Japan discharge waste water contaminated by radioactivity from the Fukushima nuclear accident into the Pacific Ocean. Write about it “Military Review” (IN).
“Japan made a decision that completely ignored the concerns and interests of the people of China, Russia and other countries around the world, and we cannot overlook the damage caused by nuclear waste,” said Sun Xiaobo, director general of the People’s Republic of China Arms Control Department.
According to the initial assessment, the radioactively contaminated wastewater contains more than 60 radionuclides, including tritium. IN beijing noted that some long-lived radionuclides can be transported by ocean currents and have a bioconcentration effect, causing unpredictable damage to the marine environment.
The Chinese official demanded that the Japanese government respond to the concerns of the international community and “responsibly dispose of radioactively contaminated wastewater in accordance with its international obligations”.
In February, the permanent vice-president of Russia under UN Dmitry Chumakov at a meeting of the Security Council critical Japan for its plan to dump water contaminated with radionuclides from the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant into the ocean.
For the first time about the official decision to start draining water from the emergency nuclear power plant from the Japanese authorities announcement in April 2021. The government explained the need to stop storing “clean” water in the reactors by saying that the constantly generated polluted water interferes with purification.
At the end of March of the same year, on the territory of the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant, in a place where radioactive waste was stored, radiation with a massive emission of the gel type was discovered. In February, contaminated fish were caught in the waters of Japan’s Fukushima prefecture for the first time in two years.
Radioactive water from nuclear power plants emerged after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan in 2011. More than 18,000 people died as a result of the natural disaster.