China seeks help from Caribbean nations to stop Japan’s disposal of treated radioactive water into the ocean

 

Caribbean nations are being asked to lend their support in voicing concerns and possibly stopping Japan from discharging treated radioactive water into the ocean.

The appeal was made by China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Hua Chunying, when she addressed the opening ceremony of the recently held 8th Caribbean China Consultation at the InterContinental Dominica Cabrits Resort & Spa. Noting that the Caribbean, like other countries that place a high value on the marine environment, depends on the ocean for survival, Chunying highlighted that if immediate action is not taken, a host of difficulties will arise for these countries’ aquatic environments in the near future.

“If Japan insists on discharging the water into the ocean, more than 60 types of the radiative materials could spread to most of the Pacific Ocean in just 57 days, and could spread to waters near the US and Canada in three years and to all the oceans around the world in 10 years time,” she stated.

Adding, “So we really hope the Caribbean countries that are here can join us to call the Japanese side to stop its ocean discharge.”

Following clearance from the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog for a controversial proposal that comes 12 years after the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, Japan may soon begin releasing the treated radioactive water into the ocean.
The plan to release treated wastewater has been in the works for several years, with the environment minister announcing in 2019 that there are “other options” as room to contain the tainted material runs out.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an autonomous United Nations agency, has granted Japan permission to dump radioactive polluted water into the Pacific Ocean.

However, Chunying highlighted that the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea requires states to protect and preserve the marine environment, and the 1972 Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Waste and Other Matter prohibits the dumping of all radiative wastes into the ocean from manmade structures.

She goes on to say that “what Japan is doing violates its international moral responsibility and obligations under international law.”

“So again, I urge my Caribbean colleagues to join China and many other countries to call for the immediate stop of the discharging of the contaminated water and to work with the international community to put in place as soon as possible the long-term international monetary mechanism that could involve all the stakeholders in the world,” Chunying declared.

While the United States has supported Japan’s approach, China is not the only neighbour objecting to it. Protests have occurred in various places around South Korea in response to the waste disposal proposal. Yun Jae-ok, Chairman of the People’s Power Party (PPP) faction in South Korean parliament, stated that the country will continue to prohibit the import of marine items from the Fukushima area.

In addition, the government has formed a campaign to resist Japan’s planned release of hazardous water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Despite rising demands for the cessation of such actions, Japanese media Nikkei reports that the Japanese government is considering beginning nuclear waste disposal as early as August.

While announcing their approval for the waste disposal on June 4, 2023, in Tokyo, Japan, the Director General of the IAEA stated, “Based on a comprehensive review, they have concluded that Japan’s approach and activities for releasing treated water are in line with international safety standards.”

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) uses APLS to reduce the radioactive concentration in 1.3 tons of contaminated radioactive water. Since 2011, the water has been used to cool the leaking Fukushima nuclear power plant reactor. The wastewater now contains carbon-14, iodine-131, cesium-137, strontium-90, cobalt- 60, and tritium. Some of these compounds take more than 1,000 years to decay completely. Not only do these compounds take a long time to disappear, but they are also hazardous to living beings, the news report stated.

According to explanations from Japan and Tepco, wastewater that has been stored for two years since it was treated with APLS is safe. The remaining tritium content is 1,500 becquerel per liter. The World Health Organization (WHO) has set the highest threshold for tritium at 60,000 becquerels per liter. For drinking water, the highest threshold for
tritium is 10,000 becquerel per liter.

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6 Comments

  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    July 18, 2023

    “Caribbean nations are being asked to lend their support in voicing concerns and possibly stopping Japan from discharging treated radioactive water into the ocean.”

    Hogwash, as usual, it’s a ploy to get some idiotic prime minister running off his mouth in Dominica: if anything Caribbean islands should not have anything to say in defending anything involving; the wicked evil Chines polluters of the world who are now trying to turn the nations of the Caribbean against Japan!

    So, Japan shares maritime borders with China, North Korea, South Korea, the Philippines, Russia, and the Northern Mariana islands of the United States.

    If indeed Japan is polluting the waters of China with”Radio active materials, (water) then it must have the same effect on the nations as quoted in paragraph III; of my comments; hence the people of the Philippines, Russia Korea, and the colonies of the United States should be the ones to support with China.
    The Chines are liars, that;s fake!

  2. Magway ca
    July 16, 2023

    The same country that have violated the rights of its Muslim citizens,
    The same country that has violated its own natural environment
    The same country that’s violating the rights of nations around the South China Sea
    The same country that’s violating the marine waters of countries around the pacific with its fishing fleets
    The same country that’s violating the rights of the people of Taiwan to leave free
    The same country that violating the rights of the people of hongkong
    The same country that’s violating the rights of its own citizens

    But I find china have balls to come and talk wi

    If u see the amount of toxic pollutants that china dumps in its own rivers. Rivers that empty out into the Pacific Ocean and then they want to complain about Japan.
    But we all know the Caribbean leadears have to bow because the money from china will dry up and there under table backhanders will dry up from there pockets

  3. En Ba La
    July 14, 2023

    I would like to know what is the possibility of the water remaining on its own and carrying on.
    In the ocean itself the river current does not mix with the salt water is this the same for this type of water.

    I have experienced it with the river current really desalinated in the ocean hard and soft water is there the possibility of this happening that this water would carry on.
    What impact is this going to have on sea life in its path
    There should be more done to prevent the radioactive waste in the ocean.

    Does Japan export fish? Where does the fish come from? Shell fish etc are we going to be eating contaminated fish from Japan or contaminated seafood from Japan?
    Japan should be asked to package and find safe disposal site on its soil to safely discard or store it’s waste water.

  4. Tony
    July 14, 2023

    Since it’s below the drinking water threshold, why don’t Japan store the water for their drinking use and for the farming use

  5. Ibo France
    July 14, 2023

    These articles by China on DNO are posted nearly as frequently as those ‘picturesque’ ones about Roosevelt and his piteous administration.

    China and Japan should negotiate their way out of their grievances without dragging the Caribbean region into their squabbles. What influence do these tiny dots on the world map command? When elephants fight the lambs should stay out before they get trampled.

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  6. Shaka Zulu
    July 14, 2023

    Let me guess. China is either going to make huge monetary offers to the Caribbean before and after any international vote on this or dangle carrots to the breed of thieves running the Caribbean Islands. China is already doing what they are trying prevent Japan from doing. We been whipping China behind and some way up thier AS….like starboard of stupidity so they have no choice but to fall in line like a small chin colony. Dominica is already a colony of China and cannot vote independently

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