The International Atomic Energy Agency has given the green light to Japan’s plans to dump wastewater from the nuclear power plant into the ocean.
Hundreds of people took to the streets of Seoul this Saturday to protest against Japan’s decision to dump wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean, which was used to cool the reactors after the catastrophe that occurred there. The protest took place the day that the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, met with the South Korean Foreign Minister, Park Jin.
Grossi also met with senior officials and opposition lawmakers from the Asian country to address food safety concerns after the South Korean government formally endorsed the Tokyo plans. From Seoul they affirmed that the contamination levels of the water pumped from Fukushima would be within acceptable limits and would not significantly affect South Korean waters.
This week, the IAEA gave the green light to Japan’s plans to dump wastewater from the nuclear power plant into the ocean. The agency concluded that the treated wastewater would meet international safety standards and that its environmental and health impact would be negligible.
Upon arrival at the airport in the South Korean capital, Grossi was greeted by dozens of outraged citizens who denounced the IAEA’s support for Tokyo’s plans. “Dismantle the IAEA!” “Fukushima Sewage Will Definitely Lead All Humanity To Disaster!” read the claim messages on some of the banners.
Many also marched through downtown Seoul expressing their opposition to the dumping of radioactive wastewater into the sea. The marches passed peacefully and there were no reports of injuries or clashes.
With information from AP