Can nuclear water dump, Japan urged

CONTAMINATION: Wastewater from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant might pollute habitats and hurt fisheries, the nuclear abolition advocates said

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 20, 2020
By: Kayleigh Madjar / Staff writer, with CNA

Members of an environmental advocacy group hold a placard outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

The National Nuclear Abolition Action Platform yesterday called on Japan to refrain from dumping contaminated wastewater from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant into the ocean, warning it that it might cause up to 40 years of environmental consequences.

The group held a protest in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei, prompting the ministry to promise to relay a message to Japan through the nation’s representative office in Tokyo.

The groups first placed a large sheet featuring cutouts of marine creatures on the ground and later added radioactive warning symbols to the sheet, representing the impact of the water from the wrecked plant on the ecosystem.

After Tokyo in May began soliciting ideas on how to dispose of the contaminated water, civil organizations in Taiwan jointly sent a letter to the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry urging it not dump it into the ocean, Green Citizens’ Action Alliance secretary-general Tsuei Su-hsin (崔愫欣) said.    [FULL  STORY]

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