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16 Apr 2021 TOKYO, Japan
The Fukushima nuclear plant is running out of space to store radioactive water following its destruction in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Plans by owners TEPCO to begin discharging the "treated" water into the Pacific Ocean have been met with dismay by some but cautiously welcomed by others.
28 Nov 2020 TOKYO, Japan
The government of Japan is expected to announce plans for the Pacific Ocean release up to 1.2 million metric tons of contaminated water stored at the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power facility within a matter of weeks.A senior official of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, South Korea, indicated (20 November) willingness to work with South Korea to monitor the treatment of the water and its release into the ocean planned for 2022 when storage capacity at the facility is expected to run out...
18 Oct 2020 TOKYO, Japan
This news article was updated 25 OctoberEnvironmental group Greenpeace has claimed that the 1.23 million metric tons of water stored at the plant -- scene of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster -- contains "dangerous" levels of the radioactive isotope carbon-14 and other "hazardous" radionuclides, which it says will have "serious long-term consequences for communities and the environment" if the water is released into the Pacific Ocean...
15 Jun 2020 SAN DIEGO CA
Both United States and Mexican officials announced separate plans on Tuesday to upgrade Tijuana River wastewater facilities. The international river has been a longtime problem for residents of Imperial Beach and Tijuana, as sewage and trash from the river have spilled into the Pacific Ocean for decades, often closing beaches near the border and damaging natural habitats along the river.
3 Mar 2020 TOKYO, Japan
The Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, has indicated support for the Japan government’s proposal to release contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific ocean. “The Agency welcomes the progress made by Japan towards reaching a decision on this matter,” Grossi said during a 26 Februry visit to the facility...
13 Jan 2020 SEOUL, South Korea
The government of Japan looks likely to proceed with a controlled ocean-release of radioactive wastewater associated with the Fukushima disaster, a move criticised by environmental groups in neighbouring countries.A draft report on how to dispose of treated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, released 31 December, includes two methods, narrowed down from five that had been under consideration...
11 Jan 2020 Bangkok, Thailand
Water shortages in Thailand have become increasingly acute even in advance of the hottest season of the year which typically begins in March. The country’s Meteorological Department has warned that the worst drought in four decades is possible.This year’s El Nino climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean has shifted warmer air to Thailand causing temperatures to rise...
2 Dec 2019 TOKYO, Japan
The government of Japan government has sought to reassure neighboring countries that contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant will be dealt with “appropriately”. There has been critisism of Japan, however, for lack of specific detail about treatment and release after an information session for foreign diplomats on November 21 that included representatives from 17 countries including nearby Taiwan, China and South Korea...
20 Nov 2019 TOKYO
The industry ministry said Monday it would be safe to release water contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear disaster into the ocean, stressing that on an annual basis the amount of radiation measured near the release point would be very small compared to levels to which humans are naturally exposed. Discharging the water into the Pacific Ocean over the course of a year would amount to between just one-1,600th and one-40,000th of the radiation to which humans are naturally exposed, the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, or METI, told a government subcommittee on the issue.
7 Nov 2019 WASHINGTON DC
The Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared divided over how to deal with polluted waters that flow indirectly into rivers and oceans that are regulated by the federal government as the justices heard oral arguments in a major case over the Clean Water Act. At issue in the case is whether Maui County in Hawaii violated the Clean Water Act by injecting wastewater underground that then seeped into the Pacific Ocean.
5 Nov 2019 MOGADISHU, Somalia
Over 275,000 people in Somalia have been displaced by heavy rains in October, bringing the number to 575,000 since January following devastating flodds. Insecurity in many regions is making access for humanitarians virtually impossible according to new estimates from the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and the crisis in rural areas is causing migration to urban areas...
29 Oct 2019 ROTTERDAM
Dutch inventor Boyan Slat is widening his effort to clean up floating plastic from the Pacific Ocean by moving into rivers, too, using a new floating device to catch garbage before it reaches the seas. The 25-year-old university dropout founded The Ocean Cleanup to develop and deploy a system he invented when he was 18 that catches plastic waste floating in the ocean...