S. Korean activists question IAEA report on Fukushima nuke wastewater discharge plan

2023-07-07 ECNS App Download

South Korean civic activists on Wednesday raised questions over the credibility of a final report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Japan's planned discharge of nuclear wastewater from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the ocean.  

A group of activists, who gathered in central Seoul, said in a statement that the report, which said the marine dumping of nuclear-contaminated water "meets international standards," turned out to be a verification only based on data presented by the Japanese government and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plant.  

The statement said they can not trust the IAEA report at all, noting that it failed to properly verify the performance of the advanced liquid processing system (ALPS) which will have to be used for decades to screen the contaminated water.  

The Japanese government has been pushing for dumping the contaminated water this summer, which has aroused strong opposition and doubts from domestic fishing groups, neighboring countries, and South Pacific island countries, as well as the international community.  


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