Environmental groups “Discharge of radioactively contaminated water, 85.4% of the people oppose it”

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An environmental group announced its own survey result that 85.4% of the public opposed the release of contaminated water from Fukushima into the sea.

The Korea Federation for Environmental Movements announced the related information at a press conference on the 25th at 11 am on the 25th at an open space on the 3rd floor of the Korea Federation for Environmental Movements in Jongno-gu, Seoul.

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They commissioned ‘Research View’, an organization specializing in public opinion polls, and conducted this survey with a total of 11 questions targeting 1,000 adult men and women over the age of 18 across the country for four days from the 19th to the 22nd.

The sampling error is ±3.1%p at the 95% confidence level.

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Respondents said, ‘The Japanese government announced that it would release 1.3 million tons of radioactively contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear accident into the sea starting this summer. To the question ‘What do you think?’, 85.4% showed the opposite.

Regarding the Japanese government’s assertion of safety, 79% responded that they did not trust it. In addition, 75.4% of the respondents said they were in favor of filing a complaint with the International Court of Law of the Sea. 64.7% of the government responded negatively.

Respondents also answered that as a way to treat contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, ‘a ground disposal facility should be created for long-term storage’ (78.3%). Along with the response of concern that ‘aquatic product consumption will decrease when released to the sea’ (72%), there were many answers that ‘we need to expand and strengthen the ban on imports of marine products’ (61.6%).

Putting this together, the Korea Federation for Environmental Movements explained, “This investigation comprehensively revealed that the government needs to actively respond.”

He continued, “Fukushima seafood has been caught disguising its place of origin or being distributed as if it were domestic.” We need to listen to public opinion and come up with appropriate measures,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, the government dispatched an inspection team to Japan from the 21st to the 26th to inspect major facilities for removing multinuclides such as the K4 tank.

Ocean discharge of Fukushima contaminated water

Source: Donga

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