Operations to discharge contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which is stored in more than 1,000 tanks, will begin as early as 2022 and last for decades, according to reports quoted by local media. However, an official announcement of this decision could come by the end of the month, according to him The Guardian.
Fishermen in the area warn that the fishing industry will be destroyed if the measure is completed. Environmental groups have also spoken out against the decision, while South Korea, which has banned imports of seafood from the region, has repeatedly expressed concern, saying the water spill poses a “serious threat” to the region. marine environment.
A group of experts advising the Japanese government said earlier this year that water release was among the most “realistic options”. Experts say that tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, is harmful to humans only in very high doses.
On the other hand, the International Atomic Energy Agency says it is possible to dilute wastewater before it is discharged. Contaminated water from the Fukushima plant will be diluted before being discharged so that it is 40 times less concentrated, according to Yomiuri Shimbun.
A government official said a quick decision on contaminated water should be made to avoid further delays in decommissioning the plant, an expensive and complex operation that is expected to take about 40 years.