Yesterday, Thursday 10th June, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) environmental meeting began with a row between Japan and its neighbours.
China, supported by North and South Korea, raised an official complaint over the unilateral decision to dump contaminated water from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station into the seas around Japan. They claimed the decision will put local economies and populations at risk and was taken without a clear understanding from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that the contaminated water is safe for disposal.
In its response, Japan said the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) was not the correct place for the discussion. Other delegates agreed that, while the issue was of critical importance, MEPC did not have the technical knowledge required to discuss it.
Japan also said that the water had been treated and was with consultation with the IAEA.
The row highlights some of the tensions within the IMO concerning pollution of the oceans and the air causing an increase in global warming.
Source: The Loadstar