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Seoul Reportedly Summons Japanese Ambassador Over Decision to Release Fukushima Water Into Sea

Last year, a Japanese government panel considered two options of dealing with Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant contaminated water – to dump it into the ocean or evaporate it into the atmosphere.

South Korea’s foreign ministry has summoned the Japanese ambassador over Tokyo’s decision to release contaminated Fukushima water, according to media reports.

South Korea strongly regrets Japan’s unilateral decision to discharge water from the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) into the sea and believes it is unacceptable, Minister for Government Policy Coordination Koo Yun-cheol said at a briefing.

“Our government expresses strong regret with the decision of the Japanese government to release contaminated water from Fukushima into the ocean, we will take all necessary measures, we consider the safety of our citizens a priority principle… This measure of the Japanese government is unacceptable,” Koo said.

The Kyodo news agency earlier reported that Japan’s government had decided to release treated radioactive water from the disabled Fukushima NPP into the sea. Despite neighboring states’ concerns, Japan’s leadership said there would be no negative impact on the environment or human health.

The water at the NPP became radioactive following the Fukushima nuclear disaster triggered by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Under the government’s plan, the contaminated water, which is currently stored in special tanks with limited volume, will be filtrated by the ALPS filtering system before being released into the sea. The system reduces the concentration of radioactive materials, except for tritium, to a normal level.

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