The Japanese government made a rather controversial solution on Friday when it flashed the green light about returning more than a million tons of wastewater to the sea.
This is the condensing water from the Fukushima nuclear reactor destroyed in the 2011 tsunami, which was originally intended to protect the reactor. However, the earthquake and the ensuing tsunami revealed the core and the condensate began to mix with the Pacific.
The end result has grown into huge pools in the vicinity of the former nuclear power plant.
The problem does not go away with preservation, as seawater still licks the melted reactor today. Every day, Japan collects about 170 tons more radioactive toxic water.
So now it is going to return the problem fluid back to the sea. Local fishermen fear the decision will permanently ruin Fukushima’s reputation and destroy their livelihoods.
The government, in its own opinion, does not have very good alternatives. It cannot build new reservoirs at infinity, nor can modern technology get water completely purified.
However, the intention is to return the poison water in small batches back to the sea. The mission is scheduled to last up to 40 years and would begin in 2022 at the earliest.
Neighbor South Korea is naturally outraged by Japan’s decision. When Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Summer Olympics seven years ago, the then prime minister Shinzo Abe assured Fukushima that the wastewater problem is “under control”.
Hardly anyone imagined that it meant returning the poison back to nature.
Some of the events of the sports festival, which moved on next summer, are scheduled to take place just about 60 kilometers from the Fukushima power plant.