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A group of journalists from HT investigates the impact of Fukushima's controversial plan to dump water into the ocean
MADRID, November 25, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

While the Japanese Primer Minister has described the measure as "totally safe 
and unavoidable", member countries of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (ORA), 
official institutions, non-governmental organizations, environmental 
associations such as Greenpece, experts and professors in atomic energy, as 
well as doctors and researchers specialized in diseases related to uncontrolled 
exposure to atomic substances, denounce this measure as irresponsible, and do 
not understand the silence of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) in 
this situation.

A group of international journalists led by Global Think Agency investigates 
and analyzes the impact of the controversial plan to discharge water from 
Fukushima into the sea.  The Key findings are:

The decision announced by the Japanese government in April 2021, announcing it 
as a "safe" project, the measure does not convince the scientific community, 
nor the experts in atomic energy, for all is "the cheapest option".
It is currently unknown how the long-lived radioactive isotopes contained in 
the contaminated water will interact with marine biology, this situation is 
"unprecedented".

An independent analysis of the report published by Japan's Ministry of Economy, 
Trade and Industry (METI) Subcommittee shows that the company responsible for 
the Fukushima plant understood that additional storage of contaminated water 
beyond 2022 was possible, but it was ruled out because it would require "a 
substantial amount of coordination, time and financial resources."

Last October 30, and in view of the IAEA's silence, a group of experts and 
professors in atomic energy, as well as doctors and researchers specialized in 
diseases related to uncontrolled exposure to atomic substances, submitted a 
letter to the Director General Mr. Rafael Mariano Grossi, requesting him to 
urge the Japanese authorities to halt this measure, without receiving any reply 
to date.

Shaun Burnie, senior nuclear specialist with Greenpeace, confirms "the lack of 
clarity and scientific inconsistencies" in the Fukushima nuclear power plant 
decommissioning project, considering it "fantasy" and that the discharge of 
contaminated and treated water into the ocean "does not solve the crisis and 
will generate an unpredictable environmental situation".

Eleven years after the earthquake and tsunami that led to one of the worst 
nuclear accidents in history, Greenpeace is issuing a new wake-up call after 
reviewing multiple documents from different government agencies and industry.

Satoshi Sato, leader of the nuclear fusion and quantum energy neutron source 
design group in Rokkasho (Japan), says "decommissioning is not possible in 40 
years". There are many shadows and doubts and the Japanese government should 
clarify the progress that has been made so far.

It will have to "live with treated water for decades while a safe solution is 
found", said the expert in relation to the discharge of treated water into the 
Pacific Ocean, a plan foreseen for 2023 and which the International Atomic 
Energy Agency (IAEA) recently evaluated during a mission to the country.

Shaun Burine and Satoshi Sato, agreed, telling us that the IAEA's position in 
supporting the plans of the Japanese government and TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power 
Company Holdings, Inc.) "does not make sense". They went on to say that "the 
mission of this organization is to develop safety standards and maintain high 
levels of safety for the protection of human health and the environment against 
ionizing radiation.  As well as to verify that States comply with their 
commitments."

"TEPCO has no intention of decommissioning the Fukushima nuclear power plant in 
the next 20 to 30 years. It is a fantasy and a much longer process than we have 
been told", said Burnie, who stressed the need to inform affected communities 
and the public in detail.

"The long-term consequences cannot be dismissed, because this transcends 
generations and this fact should be crucial in addressing the problem, not the 
official agenda of the actors involved", Burnie criticized the roadmap approved 
by the Japanese government.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. is the world's fourth-largest utility and the bastion 
of the nation's nuclear power, from which Japan draws 30% of its electricity. 
Tepco serves a third of the population.   The company that operates the nuclear 
power plant has contributed to the disaster with its management before and 
after the accident It falsified reviews, concealed information and delayed 
urgent measures

The company is contributing to the scandal, acknowledging that it has falsified 
safety reports, elevating fleeting inspections to exhaustive examinations.  
Tepco is also accused of irresponsibly delaying the cooling of the reactors 
with salt water because it was going to ruin them beyond repair.

The legacy of scandals in the sector in half a century has punished its 
credibility.

The Greenpeace organization recalls that the company's negligence brought the 
former IAEA management to task on numerous occasions, its spokesman Hidehiko 
Nishiyama denounced on numerous occasions as "extremely regrettable" the errors 
in the measurements of radioactive water, apparently due to failures in the 
software used to carry out the measurements. "Tepco is facing a very serious 
situation and is failing to meet people's expectations", Nishiyama insisted, in 
the harshest criticism the company has ever received.

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fields such as production, creativity, and journalism, some have over 25 years 
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journalists from HT investigates the impact of Fukushima's controversial plan 
to dump water into the ocean.

SOURCE: HT