Japanese government has reportedly decided to release more than 1m tonnes of contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea.
In light of the MV Wakashio grounding and the major oil spill that has brought in late July, Japanese government announced that will provide its financial support.
On 1st July 2020, Japan deposited its instruments of accession to the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001, and the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007.
An environmental services contractor is now under investigation by American and Japanese authorities, for reportedly dumping illegally at U.S. Navy bases in Japan. In fact, between 2008 and 2018, Kanto Kosan Co. allegedly discharged partially treated wastewater into the sea at two U.S. Navy bases and then attempted to cover it up.
The Japan Coast Guard informed that oil has been spotted in islands in southern Japan, that most likely came from the sunken Iranian tanker Sanchi. Meanwhile, China urged for better marine pollution preparedness with Japan and South Korea.
The Chinese Ministry of Transports informed that the country is still attempting to clean up 1,900 tonnes of bunker fuel from the Iranian oil tanker, Sanchi, that sank after it collided with a freight ship. In the efforts for the oil clean up, five Chinese vessels, one Japanese ship and one South Korean are taking part, in an area that covers 226 sq nautical miles, while in the same time, efforts continue regarding what caused the accident.
The Japanese tankers Eastern Phoenix and Keihin Maru 8 collided about two nautical miles off Japan’s coast on Sunday. The collision caused an oil spill, according to local media reports.
Five years after the Fukushima nuclear accident, there is still no U.S. federal agency responsible for studies of radioactive contaminants in the ocean. But scientific data about the levels of radioactivity in the ocean off our shores are available publicly thanks to ongoing efforts of independent researchers, including Ken Buesseler, a radiochemist with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), who has led the effort to create and maintain an ocean monitoring network along the U.S. West Coast.
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