Radio-active water to be released back into the sea? Read to know where.
By Anwesha Dash
Japan to dispose of contaminated water from Fukushima plants to the sea.
In 2011, initiated by an earthquake and tsunami, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster took place in Japan making the region highly radioactive and contaminated. After the Chernobyl event, it's the second most deadly nuclear accident. So now nearly after a decade, the Japanese authorities have decided to release the polluted water into the sea. Reportedly, nearly 1.2 million tonnes of water is to be disposed of for the decontamination process but no official statement has been made.
Hiroshi Kajiyama, Japan's industry minister, said on 16th October in a news conference that they needed to "make a decision quickly" as further delay in the process should be prevented. No further information has been provided thus far. This action may put a strain between Japan and its close neighbours. South Korea has already amped up the radiation tests on food from Japan and has also banned all sea-food from the nuclear devastated region.
Furthermore, this move will completely besmirch the already struggling fishery business of Fukushima. All the harmful particles are said to be removed except for tritium which is difficult to separate and comparatively less harmful but it will still be a risk to the marine flora and fauna. The representative of the fishing industry has requested the government to prevent the release of this infected water into the sea. A formal statement from the government is said to be announced at the end of the month.