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China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea

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China is a mass polluter.

Check out this tracker, shocking air pollution in China which at times blows this way.

https://aqicn.org/map/japan/

today is one of the better days.

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China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea

Many of their coastal nuclear powerplants have been for years releasing much larger amounts of treated waters into the seas. Taking their logic and narrative, Korea's seaside plants must have "contaminated" the Sea of Japan.

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The currents in the Pacific will carry the waste north and east to the west coast of North America. China and Korea will be unaffected.

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The non scientific overly emotional hankie wringing on this matter is tiring. Time for a little science.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2258055-should-japan-dump-radioactive-water-from-fukushima-into-the-ocean/

Dumping that water is the lowest risk choice of the choices available.

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China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea

Quite right too.

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No, it is by far not, as just doing nothing but waiting until the containing tanks slowly rust or burst one by one in a much farther away and distributed over a greater time span would have been the choice of lowest risk.

Sigh. The tanks on site now have to be emptied to make room for more treated water. The existing tanks are nearly full and there is no more room on the site for more tanks to be built. Every day more groundwater leaks into the reactors and is contaminated. Every day that water has to be pumped out and treated, a process that removes virtually all of the radioactive materials except the tritium. That water is then stored. What is your proposal to stop ground water from getting into the broken reactors? That is the driver behind the vast amounts of treated water stored on site.

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Unless it can be stored safely, in which case it is much safer.

'We can't be trusted to store this safely' is not an excuse for dumping it.

That is not the problem. TEPCO has to build a new storage tank every four days to hold the treated water created by the amount of groundwater leaking into the reactors through various cracks in their casings. Unlike cesium and strontium, which go into solution with water and are successfully filtered out, tritium bonds directly to the hydrogen atom in water. Tritium generated by nuclear plants is normally disposed of by release into the ocean. That is the non emergency manner it is handled. This is no different.

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UN nuclear agency supports Japan.

Normal practice to release the water once it was treated/filtered.

Other countries have done the same in the past.... But they did not report it to the world, did not ask the opinion of others.

Japan=already the fool of East Asia. Constantly giving apologies, compensation, Takeshima Island. Now where asking the opinions of Japan haters? Long history of Japan hate from this countries. What do you think they would say? ? ?

Dumb as always while SKorea and China are always winning.

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Japan Inc, totally selfish again, and they want to be considered as world players, All countries should boycott the Olympics

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China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea

Quite right too.

> Japan Inc, totally selfish again, and they want to be considered as world players, All countries should boycott the Olympics

> Dumping nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean will cause infinite harm to the ecological environment. The US and Australia have been quiet on Japan's radioactive wastewater. This is a sharp contrast to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster where the Soviets were heavily attacked back then. Environmental concern seems ideologically biased.

> No they didn't because "Sea of Japan" doesn't exist in Korea.

> Just like Japanese don’t trust Chinese food products, the world won’t trust Japanese food products.

Unless you're paid , This is your life

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China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea

Quite right too.

Japan Inc, totally selfish again, and they want to be considered as world players, All countries should boycott the Olympics*

Dumping nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean will cause infinite harm to the ecological environment. The US and Australia have been quiet on Japan's radioactive wastewater. This is a sharp contrast to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster where the Soviets were heavily attacked back then. Environmental concern seems ideologically biased.*

No they didn't because "Sea of Japan" doesn't exist in Korea.*

Just like Japanese don’t trust Chinese food products, the world won’t trust Japanese food products.*

Unless you're paid , This is your life.

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The ocean currents will carry the radioactive water up past Alaska down the west coast of Canada and the US. Since the US government is OK with their coasts being contaminated, what's the problem?

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Just like Japanese don’t trust Chinese food products, the world won’t trust Japanese food products.

And the Japanese already don’t trust Fukushima products. The prefecture continues to put effort into marketing a safe image.

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Why don’t they ferry it to the middle of the ocean and dump it there, far from any coastline?

How? Now you are talking building a special purpose ship as tankers are not designed to unload cargo underway, man this vessel for how long and at what cost and later dispose of it? All to what advantage?

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What's next? Are we going to ask the opinion of North Korea? Call Kim and ask him too.

Kim probably has a better working understanding of nuclear power than 99% of the people who post here.

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Dumping that water is the lowest risk choice of the choices available.

No, it is by far not, as just doing nothing but waiting until the containing tanks slowly rust or burst one by one in a much farther away and distributed over a greater time span would have been the choice of lowest risk.

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Storing the water in an active earthquake and tsunami zone is more dangerous than releasing it slowly into the ocean.

Unless it can be stored safely, in which case it is much safer.

'We can't be trusted to store this safely' is not an excuse for dumping it.

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egaliteApr. 13  10:46 pm JST

The USA and other 'friends' aren't keeping quite, as reported today on Bloomberg:

"U.S. Friends Join China in Ripping Japan Plan on Fukushima Water"

You misunderstood the headline. The United States supports Japan's decision as does the IAEA.

The "US friends" refers to Taiwan and South Korea, the latter as we know if no friend of Japan.

"U.S. Expresses Support for Japan's Release of Fukushima Nuclear Plant Water

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-04-12/us-expresses-support-for-japans-release-of-fukushima-nuclear-plant-water

"IAEA supports discharge of Fukushima Daiichi water"

https://world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-supports-discharge-of-Fukushima-Daiichi-water

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Dumping nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean will cause infinite harm to the ecological environment. The US and Australia have been quiet on Japan's radioactive wastewater. This is a sharp contrast to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster where the Soviets were heavily attacked back then. Environmental concern seems ideologically biased.

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China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea

So should the Americas, Oceania, and even Russia!

The currents in the Pacific will carry the waste north and east to the west coast of North America. China and Korea will be unaffected.

@Desert Tortoise - It matters it matters to countries that legally fish in those areas including Japan!

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Dumping nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean will cause infinite harm to the ecological environment. The US and Australia have been quiet on Japan's radioactive wastewater. This is a sharp contrast to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster where the Soviets were heavily attacked back then. Environmental concern seems ideologically biased.*

No, it will not cause "infinite harm". It will cause no or very little harm. The water to be released is already treated to remove the radioactive materials in it. All that is left is tritium and not a great deal of it. Before the earthquake that plant and every other coastal nuclear power plant released treated waste water with some tritium in it into the ocean as a matter of routine. Storing the water in an active earthquake and tsunami zone is more dangerous than releasing it slowly into the ocean. It will also stop the current problem of the stuff leaking into the local ground water. Learn some actual science and quit spreading inchoate fear based on exaggerations and outright lies.

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The USA and other 'friends' aren't keeping quite, as reported today on Bloomberg:

"U.S. Friends Join China in Ripping Japan Plan on Fukushima Water"

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USA supports Japans decision. Does that matter? Or only China and S. Korea count?

Japan is following the rules of the world. Same ones that apply to your country.

Nuclear Experts said Japan did a good job and to release water. JT crowd, anti-Japan people, don't agree. No experience, don't understand half of how it works, but they disagree as always.

What's next? Are we going to ask the opinion of North Korea? Call Kim and ask him too.

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China, by using coals for most of its energy generation is releasing far more radioactivity in the atmosphere than Japan did in the water. That air does pollute Japan since decades now.

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Just like Japanese don’t trust Chinese food products, the world won’t trust Japanese food products.

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@noriahojanen

Korea's seaside plants must have "contaminated" the Sea of Japan.

No they didn't because "Sea of Japan" doesn't exist in Korea.

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Why don’t they ferry it to the middle of the ocean and dump it there, far from any coastline?

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