Chinese experts have condemned Japan’s unilateral decision to discharge nuclear wastewater into the sea, calling it “extremely irresponsible.” Dumping wastewater resulted from the accident at Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea is not Japan’s only option, said Liu Senlin, a researcher with the China Institute of Atomic Energy. Japan’s unilateral decision to release the wastewater into the ocean is extremely irresponsible, Liu said. The choice, which involves the lowest economic cost to Japan, was made before seeking consensus with the international community and stakeholders, and before exhausting all available options. According to Liu, there are several other options for wastewater disposal include burying it underground or evaporating it into the air, but Japan merely opted for the cheapest plan. “The decision passes the responsibility that should be borne by Japan itself to the whole world, setting a very bad precedent,” he noted. The ultimate responsibility for ensuring safety of spent fuel and radioactive waste management rests with the State, he said, citing Convention on Nuclear Safety, and Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, to which Japan is a signatory, also requires that contracting states take all measures necessary to ensure that pollution arising from incidents or activities under their jurisdiction or control does not spread beyond the areas where they exercise sovereign rights.
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