"Japanese government's policy to dump nuclear waste into the Pacific Ocean is not based on scientific or environmental protection principles and has no justification."
Greenpeace sounded the alarm Friday over the Japanese government's plan to release stored water from the ill-fated Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean. The environmental groups released a new report warning about the presence of carbon-14, which the group says "has the potential to damage human DNA."
The warning laid out in a new report says the government and plant operator TEPCO's controversial plan — which has been under consideration for some time — is founded on "a series of myths" and pursues the cheapest option to get rid of the water over what is best for human and ecological health.
The plan allows "the government [to] create the impression that substantial progress is being made in the early decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors," Greenpeace says.
In its "Stemming the Tide 2020" report Greenpeace argues: The reality of the Fukushima radioactive water crisis, that the planned release of the water "will have serious, long-term consequences for communities and the environment, locally and much further afield."
"Nearly 10 years after the start of the disaster, TEPCO and the Japanese government are still covering up the scale of the crisis at Fukushima Daiichi," said Shaun Burnie, author of the report and senior nuclear specialist with Greenpeace Germany. He further accused the entities of having "deliberately held back for years detailed information on the radioactive material in the contaminated water."