TEPCO plans to dump contaminated water into the Pacific ocean that has been treated by various filtration systems on-site. We documented why that is a problem here.
A recent finding of a highly radioactive rockfish in TEPCO’s self-reporting of fish contamination raised more concerns that problems at the plant are not being contained. This is before any of the planned releases have started.
South Korea has repeatedly issued statements of concern and the issue has become a domestic hot topic. Individuals and retailers have been stocking up on sea salt and frozen seafood ahead of the releases fearing future products would be contaminated. Koreans staged a protest at the Japanese embassy last week against the planned water releases.
Hong Kong has vowed to tighten restrictions on Japanese sea products if the water releases take place including a ban of all sea products from the region around Fukushima prefecture.
Japan issued a terse statement towards Hong Kong, insisting they are not violating international law by dumping contaminated water into the ocean.
Chinese newspapers have issued detailed scathing rebuttals to Japan’s claims that this dumping scheme is no big deal. An NGO in China has filed a complaint with China’s maritime court. It is unclear how much authority this would actually have or if it would have any ability to block TEPCO’s actions.
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