As countries around the Pacific oppose the discharge of treated Nuclear Water into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant, Prime Minister James Marape has advised Parliament this morning that following dialogue with members from the Japanese Government caucus at the recent Pacific Island Forum meeting, they have given their assurance that the discharge is within “acceptable scientific levels.”
“The Japanese Government have indicated that the transnational authority, International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] has given certification that the discharge is safe for release and they will support pacific Island countries to have testing points in all maritime key areas.”
Marape informed the house that the Japanese Government has given assurance that proper testing facilities will be established throughout various countries in the region to test the volume of toxicity in the waters.
This was his response to concern raised by Opposition leader, Joseph Lelang of the potential risk and damage to the various ecosystems in the Ocean.
“I want to ensure the opposition leader, that in no time will we be reckless, the health of our ocean is important.”
He went on to state that they have been in close consultations with Japanese Government in respect to the compliance of international law in line with the health of the ocean and reports that they have indicated compliance and adherence.