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US friend joins China to rip Japan’s plan for water in Fukushima

(Bloomberg)-Sign up for the Bloomberg Green Newsletter, a guide to the latest climate news, zero-emission technology and green finance. US partners South Korea and Taiwan have joined China in opposition to Japan’s plans to release radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima. The first nuclear power plant to the Pacific Ocean will start in about two years. The three Asian governments swiftly criticized Japan’s announcement on Tuesday that it would implement a controlled release that is expected to last for decades, all near the coastline. South Korea said the move poses a risk to the marine environment and the security of neighboring countries, and said China reserves the right to take further action. “Despite opposition from domestic and international suspicions, Japan unilaterally decided to release Fukushima’s nuclear weapons. Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, told reporters in Beijing.” This is very irresponsible. Meanwhile, the United States said the approach seemed to be in line with global standards, and the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said the global agency had plans. This is an unavoidable problem for the decommissioning of nuclear power plants. ” This decision ends the long-standing debate about how to dispose of water. This is enough to fill over 500 Olympic-sized swimming pools. It is leaking to a reactor that suffered a core meltdown after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. US support comes as Suga prepares to be the first foreign leader to meet directly with President Joe Biden in Washington prior to the climate conference, Japan announces new 2030 emission reduction targets maybe. To fulfill its carbon-neutral pledge by 2050, some government officials say that almost all reactors closed in the aftermath of the 2011 meltdown will need to be restarted and built further. Insist. “To dispose of treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Twitter. Emissions are a common practice in the industry, and Japan said emissions meet global guidelines. Last year, a committee within Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry recommended releasing or evaporating water into the sea. The proposal stipulated that water released into the environment would need to be re-purified and diluted to meet standards, and that emissions would take place over decades, according to a December 2019 report from METI. .. The Fukushima site is polluted with daily inflows of fuel and water to cool debris. The water is pumped and washed in the process of removing most of the radioactive elements except tritium. It will then be stored in one of the approximately 1,000 tanks at the site, which is projected to fill up by mid-2022. Greenpeace criticized Japan’s plan to release treated Fukushima water into the sea and said there were other options to consider. Rather than minimizing the risk of radiation by storing and treating water over a long period of time using the best available technology, they chose the cheapest option and dumped the water into the Pacific Ocean. ” Said the group. According to a report in April 2020, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s recommendations are “based on sufficiently comprehensive analysis and sound scientific and technological grounds.” Taiwan’s nuclear council said it had previously opposed the plan and regretted the decision. A group in Taipei said it had set up 33 surveillance spots in the waters near Taiwan to assess the effects of radiation. Hu Xijin, the editor of the Communist Party-backed Global Times, said the United States had approved a plan to “consolidate Japan’s loyalty.” “The United States is far from Japan and considers it to be the least risky,” he wrote on Twitter. “But ocean currents mean they will face the same risks in the future.” (Updated by Chinese comment) Visit bloomberg.com for articles like this. Subscribe now to get the most trusted business news sources. © 2021 Bloomberg LP

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