Title: Radioactive water spill
Source: Korea Times
Date: August 12, 2013
The Japanese government has finally acknowledged that highly radioactive water has been pouring out at a rate of 300 tons a day from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. That means about 270,000 tons [270,000,000 liters] of contaminated water has flowed into the Pacific Ocean over nearly two-and-a-half years. [...]
It defies understanding how Japan has hid this regional, if not global, issue of environmental concern from its neighbors.
Increasingly, the March 2011 nuclear disaster is becoming an accident that exposes the limitations of the Japanese nuclear industry, and of the entire country for that matter, in dealing with a massive calamity. This seems especially so with the falsehoods and cover-up attempts [...]
[Korea's] Prime Minister Chung Hong-won, in a recent meeting to discuss the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi Plant’s shutdown, warned people against spreading “strange stories” about nuclear concerns. As Tokyo’s latest acknowledgement shows, however, what’s strange is not public jitters but the government’s carelessness.
[...] The government should instead demand its Japanese counterpart to share information, pointing out that Tokyo’s failure to do so could violate international laws. It also ought to inspect all fisheries imported from Japan and make public their detailed level of radioactivity to allow consumers to decide [...]
Published: August 11th, 2013 at 7:43 pm ET
- TV: Public concern over Japan fish imports “looks to be justified” — Contaminated seafood recently on sale in Korea adding to fears — Over 6 million pounds found since 3/11 — Strong backlash against gov’t August 18, 2013
- ‘Breaking News’: South Korea bans 35 Japanese seafood products due to Fukushima radiation fears June 27, 2012
- Kyodo News: URGENT – S. Korea bans all fishery products from 8 Japan prefectures — Gov’t: Unclear how Fukushima incident will progress in future September 5, 2013
- Radioactive rain causes 130 schools in Korea to close — Yet rain in California had 10 TIMES more radioactivity April 7, 2011
- AFP: Cracks found in South Korea nuclear reactor November 9, 2012