On May 18, the committee confirmed the draft “Review letter” again, saying that the content was “no problem” and agreed to Tepco’s nuclear sewage discharge plan. However, there is still a month of “soliciting opinions” before the emission scheme is formally approved.
With the approval of the Japanese Atomic Power Regulatory Commission and the consent of the local government, Tepco can start the emission plan. Japanese media believe that whether Tepco’s emission plan can be approved by local governments such as Fukushima Prefecture will be the focus.
On April 13, 2021, the Japanese government formally decided to filter and dilute the nuclear sewage and discharge it into the sea. Although Japanese fishing groups and some local officials strongly oppose this treatment plan, and neighboring countries such as China and South Korea also strongly oppose and question it, the Japanese government still ignores opposition voices and plans to start long-term discharge of so-called “radioactive material up to standard” nuclear sewage into the Pacific Ocean in the spring of 2023.