On February 14, 2022, An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) taskforce started mission in Japan for reviewing controversial planned release of treated water from Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean.
- Since the Fukushima nuclear plant went into meltdown after a tsunami in 2011, about a million tonnes of processed water has accumulated in tanks at crippled plant. Storage space at the plant is running out.
- According to Japan, the plan to adulterate and release water over several decades is safe because, an expansive pumping and filtration system removes most radioactive elements.
- IAEA has also endorsed the release and says it similar to disposal of wastewater at nuclear plants at other sites
Plan adopted by the Japan in April 2021, which is expected to start by March 2023, is being questioned by neighbouring countries over environmental and safety concerns. It also generated opposition from local fishing communities as they fear this plan will undermine years of work to restore confidence in their seafood. Likewise, filtration process removes most radioactive elements from water, yet some elements like tritium remain. Tritium is only dangerous to humans in large doses.
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
Fukushima Nuclear Plant is a impaired nuclear power plant located in towns of Okuma and Futaba in Japan, on a3.5- square-kilometre site. The plant suffered major damage from magnitude9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11, 2011. These events caused radiation leaks, permanently damaged several reactors and made them impossible to restart. By political decision, remaining reactors weren’t restarted.
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