Waterkeeper Alliance Responds to Japanese Government’s Plan to Release Fukushima Contaminated Water Into Pacific Ocean - Waterkeeper

Waterkeeper Alliance Responds to Japanese Government’s Plan to Release Fukushima Contaminated Water Into Pacific Ocean

By: Waterkeeper Alliance

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Photo by Santiherllor/Shutterstock.

Marc Yaggi, executive director of Waterkeeper Alliance, a global movement uniting more than 350 Waterkeeper groups around the world focusing citizen action on issues that affect our waterways, and Hao Xin, Qiantang River Waterkeeper in Zhejiang, China and East Asia representative for Waterkeeper Alliance, released the following statement:

“We have grave concerns about the plans from the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) to release over a million tons of radioactively contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean,” said Hao Xin, Qiantang River Waterkeeper in Zhejiang, China and East Asia representative for Waterkeeper Alliance. “Without extensive study, consultation, and full transparency, we cannot know the full impacts this release will have on Japan’s neighboring countries, overall oceanic health, or even public safety.”

“This is an alarming decision that could impact waters and fisheries as far away as the U.S. west coast and beyond,” said Marc Yaggi, executive director of Waterkeeper Alliance. “And this is precisely why we cannot consider nuclear power as a clean energy solution.”

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