Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova’s reply to a media question about Japan’s intention to dump Fukushima liquid nuclear waste into the Pacific

Thursday, 21 December 2017 09:34

Question: Some Japanese and British press outlets are reporting that Japan intends to dump liquid nuclear waste from the Fukushima accident into the Pacific. Could you please comment?

Maria Zakharova: We are alarmed by regular media reports about the intention of the Japanese operator of the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant to dump into the ocean a large mass of liquid nuclear waste produced by the accident there. I am referring to the statements made by TEPCO Chairman Takashi Kawamura in July 2017, and the recent publications in some foreign newspapers, for instance The Independent and Japan News. We note that this waste amounts to hundreds of thousands of tonnes of radioactive water. We believe that such large-scale dumping may do substantial damage to the environment and fish stock of the Pacific. This would deal a blow to Japanese fishermen and, probably, the residents of coastal areas in general. We cannot rule out a possibility of cross-border damage. The dumping of radioactive waste may have an adverse effect on the interests of the fishing industry in Russia and other countries of the region.

We believe that the Japanese Government should ban the dumping of radioactive water into the ocean and find ways of safely processing the waste from the Fukushima disaster. If Japan does not have such technology, it could ask the world community for assistance.

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