The Japanese government basically decided to discharge Fukushima nuclear sewage into the sea
According to the Japan Jiji News Agency, the Japanese government basically decided on April 9 to discharge the nuclear sewage from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the sea. On April 13, the Japanese government will hold a cabinet meeting and make a formal decision. Japanese public opinion here believes that this move is bound to arouse opposition from Japanese fishermen and the international community.
The President of the National Fisheries Association of Japan, Hiroshi Kishi, stated on April 7 that “I oppose (the Fukushima first The position of discharging nuclear sewage from nuclear power plants into the sea remains unchanged”, reiterating its opposition to the Japanese government’s idea of discharging nuclear sewage into the sea. In 2015, Tokyo Electric Power Company provided a written guarantee to the National Fisheries Association of Japan that”discharge to the ocean will not be easy”.
More than 10 years have passed since the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, but its nuclear sewage treatment problem has not yet been resolved. Last fall, the Japanese government once decided to discharge nuclear sewage from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant into the sea. However, due to strong opposition from various parties and other reasons, temporarily Set aside. According to analysis by Japanese media, the Japanese government decided to discharge nuclear sewage because the storage tank capacity of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is about to reach the upper limit.”Yomiuri Shimbun” reported that Tokyo Electric Power Company is now adding 140 tons of”treated water” every day, and it is estimated that by September 2022, it will reach the upper limit of 1.37 million tons of storage tanks.
Suga Yoshihide said on the issue of nuclear sewage disposal in the parliamentary defense in March this year:”It should not be too late. Shelved it indecisively. The disposal policy will be finalized at an appropriate time.”Kyodo News stated that the Japanese government has moved towards the earliest April On the 13th, the direction of the relevant cabinet meeting was adjusted. The storage tank for storing nuclear sewage reaches its capacity limit as early as next summer. Although the government is discussing discharges into the sea, fishery personnel who are concerned about the damage to their image are strongly opposed. During the meeting between Yoshihide Suga and Kishihiro, whether he could get Kishihiro’s understanding was the focus. According to the results of the meeting, the schedule of the relevant cabinet meeting may be fine-tuned.
A Japanese scholar pointed out that the ocean around Fukushima is not only a fishing ground for local fishermen, but also a part of the Pacific Ocean and even the global ocean. The discharge of nuclear sewage into the ocean will affect global fish migration and Pelagic fisheries, human health, ecological safety, etc., so this issue is not just a domestic issue in Japan, but involves global marine ecology and International issues of environmental safety.
Previously, Japanese media pointed out that Tokyo Electric Power Company said that there is no land to build new storage tanks, but there are a large number of areas around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that are not suitable for living due to excessive radiation levels. These Idle land can be used for new storage facilities. The”Nuclear Energy Citizens Committee” believes that”large storage tanks stored on land” or”solidified treatment with mortar” is the best way to solve the problem of nuclear sewage under the existing technology, which can ensure that nuclear sewage is properly stored on land.
(Source:People’s Daily Client)