If implemented as planned, Japan’s plan to release contaminated water from its Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea would meet international standards, including those of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). South Korea announced it by presenting its scientific analysis based on the results of the inspection at the end of May and other related data, as well as on the safety assessment of the Vienna agency. According to a simulation, the impact of radiation on the South Korean coast is estimated at about one/100,000th of the current level.
The green light
The South Korean government has said it respects the IAEA’s review work on the release of treated radioactive water from the Fukushima plant destroyed by the March 2011 tsunami into the sea, saying it meets international standards. The go-ahead came after a careful analysis after the approval of the UN agency for Japan’s plan, despite the security concerns expressed by several neighboring countries. Now, after a four-day visit to Japan, a three-day stay in Seoul by IAEA director general Rafael Grossi is expected starting today. For the latter agenda full of commitments and meetings, including those with local authorities on nuclear safety and with the Foreign Minister, Park Jin.
South Korea: “Release will have no significant impact on our oceanic areas”
“Based on a review of the contaminated water treatment plan submitted by Japan, we have confirmed that the concentration of radioactive material meets standards for oceanic discharge and therefore the plan meets international standards, including those of the IAEA,” he said. in a briefing Bang Moon-kyu, minister of the government’s Policy Coordination Office. The minister, according to local media, said that South Korea respected the results of the IAEA since the report was based on a task force of global experts set up by an international agency with consolidated experience. The bottom line, then, is that the release of treated water from the Fukushima plant into the sea “will have no significant impact on our oceanic areas,” Bang Moon-kyu noted.