Overseas Net, Sept. 10, on the delayed treatment of a large amount of radioactive wastewater from Japans Fukushima nuclear power plant, the Japanese Environment Minister said recently that Japan would have to dilute the wastewater into the Pacific Ocean, in addition to no other way.
Japans environment minister, Ichiro Harada, made a statement on the treatment of radioactive wastewater discharged from Tokyo Electric Power Companys Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station at a press conference on October 10, according to media reports such as Japan Current News Agency and Britains Guardian. There is no other way to dilute sewage into the sea, Harada said, but he also said, The whole Japanese government will discuss this issue carefully, and I have put forward my own opinion.
In his speech, Japans environment minister did not specify how much sewage needed to be discharged into the sea, and officials from Tokyo Electric Power Company did not immediately comment.
After the earthquake and tsunami that paralysed the nuclear power plant in 2011, Tokyo Electric Power Company injected a lot of cooling water to prevent fuel rods from melting, resulting in more than 1 million tons of sewage. It is reported that sewage storage facilities will reach capacity limit in 2022.
Regarding the remark made by Japans environment minister, the Guardian pointed out that any attempt to turn on the green light for dumping wastewater into the sea could trigger protests from Japans neighbors such as South Korea. In August, South Korea also called Japanese envoys and sent notes, expressing its concern, but also asked Japan to clarify its sewage treatment program.
Source: Overseas Network Responsible Editor: Liu Yuxin_NBJS7825