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Fukushima wastewater not toxic, says IAEA chief

The head of the UN atomic watchdog assures that Fukushima’s wastewater release poses no risk, with tritium levels below harmful levels. Progress in reactivating surveillance devices in Iran is slow.



STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — The tritium concentration in wastewater being released from Japan’s stricken Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant is under expected levels and poses no risk to the population, the head of the UN atomic watchdog said Tuesday.

“So far we have been able to confirm that the first releases of these waters do not contain any radionucleide at levels that would be harmful,” Rafael Grossi told AFP during a visit to Stockholm.

Twelve years after one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents, Japan began releasing wastewater into the Pacific Ocean last week, as it gradually discharges around 540 Olympic swimming pools’ worth of water over several decades.

“The beginning has been according to what we were expecting … but we will continue (to monitor) … until the last drop is released,” Grossi said.

The IAEA said on August 24 that its independent analysis of the tritium concentration in the diluted water being discharged was “far below the operational limit of 1,500 becquerels per litre.”

That limit was in turn much lower than the Japanese national safety standard.

Japan has repeatedly insisted the wastewater will be harmless, but the move has elicited fears among local fishermen and sparked anger in China, which has suspended its seafood imports from Japan.

Grossi also commented on his agency’s cooperation with Iran, saying that the reinstallation of cameras at nuclear sites was progressing too slowly.

Tehran in March vowed to reactivate surveillance devices that were disconnected in June 2022 amid deteriorating relations with the West.

“We’ve been trying to have our cameras reinstalled. We started that work but it is not going at the pace I would like and expect,” Grossi said.

“It has been very, very slow and we would like this to improve.”

The IAEA is due to issue a new report on developments in Iran’s nuclear programme soon.

“We are looking into some clarifications Iran should provide us about findings of uranium traces,” he said.

“It is an ongoing process that has a lot of room for improvement.”


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The safety assurance is based on present information and knowledge as of this period in time. This will change when science discovers that there are different results showing from what was expected. So all sea food from Japan should have a warning label. Our FDA should do stringent tests on Japanese sea food before allowing it for consumption.

Many voices – Chief protagonist, PRC? Japan? Intl Atomic Agency? Is PRC the Chief Antagonist whose thinking seems to be always protesting against existing world order, western hegemony, and what have u, but ownself trying to claim the whole of SC Sea as theirs.

Obviously one can detect the PRC attempting to provoke and bully Japan

PRC’s own fishermen has requested their people not to over blow the issue as they also need to fish for a living too.

He dun stay there or nearby…..