Seawater samples taken after the discharge of wastewater from the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor showed radioactive levels within safe limits, operator TEPCO said Friday, August 25, 2023. Beginning Thursday’s disposal of some of the 1.34 million tons of radioactive water collected at the site in the 12 years since the plant was flooded by the
Seawater samples taken after the discharge of wastewater from the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor showed radioactive levels within safe limits, operator TEPCO said Friday, August 25, 2023.
Beginning Thursday’s disposal of some of the 1.34 million tons of radioactive water collected at the site in the 12 years since the plant was flooded by the tsunami, prompting China to ban all imports of Japanese seafood.
TEPCO conducted a rapid test on Thursday afternoon after the release of wastewater into the Pacific Ocean began. On Friday they confirmed that the results indicated the level of radioactivity was within safe limits.
“We confirmed that the analyzed values were the same as the calculated concentrations and the analyzed values were below 1,500 bq/L,” TEPCO spokesman Keisuke Matsuo told a press conference.
Becquerels per liter is a measure of radioactivity. The national safety standard is 60,000.
The results are “similar to our previous simulations and well below” the safety margin added Matsuo.
Japan’s Ministry of the Environment said it had collected seawater samples from 11 different locations on Friday. And the results would be release on Sunday.
The Japan Fisheries Agency also recalled flounder and gurnard fish early Friday from a designated. Sampling point near a pipe that carries wastewater from Fukushima. is in charge of nuclear policy.
TEPCO said that the water amounting to more than 500 Olympic pools from cooling the remains of three reactors. Has been filter of all radioactive elements except tritium and is safe. This was back up by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Which said Thursday that samples taken from the first batch of dilute water being prepare for disposal showed. Tritium levels were within safe limits. the UN agency’s chair, Rafael Grossi, said in a statement.
Most analysts agree although environmental group Greenpeace says the screening process. Known as ALPS is malfunctioning and large amounts of radioactivity will be release into the sea.
Japan’s move angered China, which says it is pollution its oceans, and widened a ban on aquatic products in place in Japan’s 10 prefectures to cover the entire country.
Nishimura on Friday aligned with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida who urged China, Japan’s largest seafood market, to lift the ban.
“The Japanese government will strong demand that this base less regulations be stop immediately,” Nishimura said.
The South Korean government, which is seeking to improve relations with Japan to counter China. Has supported releasing the water despite some common people’s concerns.