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S. Korean activists demand Japan not dump Fukushima's radioactive water into the sea

All Headlines 15:07 October 08, 2018

SEOUL, Oct. 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korean environmental groups on Monday urged Japan to reverse its recent decision to release radioactive water that has accumulated in the Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea after treatment.

Korea Radioactive Watch, the Korean Federation For Environmental Movement and other civic groups held a joint news conference in Gwanghwamun Square in downtown Seoul, denouncing the decision by the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. to discharge Fukushima's contaminated water into the ocean as "unacceptable."

"A release of Fukushima's radioactive, contaminated water will threaten the safety of the waters of South Korea and other neighboring nations that share the Pacific Ocean, as well as the waters in the vicinity of Fukushima," the activist groups said.

South Korean environmental activists hold a rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Oct. 8, 2018, to protest against Japan's decision to release the Fukushima nuclear plant's radioactive, contaminated water into the sea. (Yonhap)

In March 2011, a major earthquake and a subsequent tsunami triggered a meltdown at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

The South Korean groups went on to argue that cost reduction appears to be the main reason for Japan's push to discharge Fukushima's radioactive water into the sea without checking its contamination condition.

"The Japanese government should disclose all information related to Fukushima's radioactive water and listen to the opinions of its neighboring countries about how to dispose of the contaminated water. The South Korean government should sternly protest to Japan and take aggressive countermeasures," the groups said.

They also insisted that water contaminated by high concentrations of radioactive materials collected around the Fukushima plant buildings after the 2011 accident and that the amount is estimated to reach about 940,000 tons.

ycm@yna.co.kr
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