Stockholm, Sweden —
Tritium concentrations in wastewater discharged from Japan’s Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant are below expected levels and pose no risk to residents, the head of the UN atomic watchdog said on Tuesday (29/8).
“So far we can confirm that the first discharge from these waters does not contain radionucleides at harmful levels,” Rafael Grossi told AFP news agency during a visit to Stockholm.
Twelve years after one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents, Japan began dumping wastewater into the Pacific Ocean last week, gradually dumping water the size of about 540 Olympic swimming pools over several decades.
The IAEA said on August 24 that its independent analysis of tritium concentrations in diluted water discharged was “well below the operational limit of 1,500 becquerels per liter.”
This limit is much lower than Japan’s national safety standards.
Japan has repeatedly asserted that its treated wastewater is harmless, but the move has frightened local fishermen and sparked anger in China, which has halted imports of seafood from Japan. (lt/ka)