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Japan Second Round of Nuclear Contaminated Water Discharge Set to Commence

Japan Second Round of Nuclear Contaminated Water Discharge Set to Commence



 

Japan Second Round of Nuclear Contaminated Water Discharge Set to Commence. 

New on Sep 24, the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Company have forcefully initiated the discharge of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant for a full month.

Multiple media reports suggest that the second round of discharge is expected to begin at the end of this month or in early October. According to the latest updates, the second round of discharge of Fukushima’s nuclear-contaminated water is set to proceed as planned, starting from late September to early October, with preparations underway by Tokyo Electric Power Company.

According to the plan previously disclosed by Tokyo Electric Power Company, the total volume of radioactive water to be discharged in the second round is estimated to be around 7,800 tons.

By the end of March next year, a total of four rounds of discharges are scheduled, amounting to approximately 31,200 tons, which accounts for 2.3% of the current total volume of radioactive water.

This is roughly equivalent to emptying about 40 storage tanks. The remaining radioactive water stored in over 1,000 tanks will be discharged gradually over the coming decades.

Japan Second Round of Nuclear Contaminated Water Discharge Set to Commence

 

 

As the discharge of radioactive water into the sea continues in Fukushima, Japan’s seafood exports are severely impacted.

In Hokkaido, a major scallop-producing region, exports have plummeted, resulting in a backlog of scallop inventory and inadequate warehouse storage space.

Some businesses estimate that the backlog could reach 5,000 to 6,000 tons by the end of the year.

Against the backdrop of rising electricity costs in Japan, the cost of storage for businesses is also increasing.

To minimize losses, certain production areas have started distributing excess inventory for purposes such as school meals.

Additionally, a fishing industry group in Aomori Prefecture has announced the abandonment of a large-scale sea cucumber harvest originally scheduled for October due to falling sea cucumber prices.

 

Japan Second Round of Nuclear Contaminated Water Discharge Set to Commence

 

In response to the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Company’s forced initiation of the Fukushima nuclear contaminated water discharge, the city council of Hakodate in Hokkaido recently passed a statement condemning their actions.

The statement accuses the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Company of breaking promises and initiating the discharge without the understanding of relevant parties.

It asserts that the forced discharge hinders the revival of fisheries in Fukushima and other areas and demands an immediate halt to the discharge activities.

 

 

Japan Second Round of Nuclear Contaminated Water Discharge Set to Commence

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