An ocean of regret: The arrival of nuclear-contaminated sewage

(ECNS)–Japan has begun a fourth round of releases of nuclear-contaminated wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean, despite protests from local fishermen, residents and the international community.

As with the previous three rounds, about 7,800 tons of wastewater, still containing the radioactive material tritium, will be discharged over about 17 days. It is estimated that more than 30,000 tonnes of nuclear waste water will be released in the six months after the launch in August 2023.

The ocean covers more than 70% of the Earth's surface and is one of the most important ecosystems on the planet. It acts as the cradle of life, the treasure of resources and the blue house that sustains human existence.

The risks of discharging nuclear contaminated wastewater into the ocean are unpredictable. Actions taken by the Japanese government undoubtedly endanger the global marine environment and the health of all mankind.

A series of accidents at the plant once again highlighted the deep-rooted problems of chaos and confusion in the internal management of Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Company.

The nuclear-contaminated sewage treatment facility has once again proven unsustainable in the long term, giving the international community every reason to worry about Japan's discharge of nuclear-contaminated wastewater.

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