CNA Staff, Feb 10, 2021 / 00:25 am
The Catholic bishops of Japan and Korea have criticized the Japanese government’s plans to release into the sea millions of gallons of radioactive water from the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant.
“We oppose the release of water containing the radioactive substance tritium into the ocean after purifying the contaminated water from Tepco's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant,” the bishops said in a Feb. 9 letter addressed to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and other cabinet members.
The Korean Catholic Bishops' Council Justice and Peace Committee, the Korean Catholic Bishops' Council Ecological Environment Committee, the Japan Catholic Justice and Peace Council, and the Denuclearization Subcommittee for Peace all oppose the proposal to release the tritiated water after it goes through a purification process.
“We have a responsibility to hand over to future generations a global environment where we can truly live safely and with peace of mind,” said the bishops, citing Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical on a Christian ecology, Laudato Si.