Japan to release second batch of wastewater from Fukushima nuclear plant next week
(The Guardian, 29 Sep 2023) UN-approved release to go ahead despite China’s ban on all Japanese sea imports following first batch.
Japan will begin releasing a second batch of wastewater from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant from next week, its operator has said, an exercise that angered China and others when it began in August.
On 24 August, Japan began discharging into the Pacific some of the 1.34m tonnes of wastewater that has collected since a tsunami crippled the facility in 2011.
“The inspections following the first release have been completed … The (second) discharge will start on 5 October,” Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) said on Thursday.
China banned all Japanese seafood imports after the first release, which ended on 11 September, despite Tokyo’s insistence that the operation poses no risk.
Russia, whose relations with Japan are also frosty, is reportedly considering following suit on a seafood ban