Bolton is Done and Japan to Dump Radioactive Waste in Pacific

Grind for September 12th
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– Voltaire

Between A Rock And A Hard Place

The Headline

As storage space runs out, Japanese government considers dumping radioactive water into the Pacific

The Grind

By the year 2022, Japan’s Fukushima nuclear facility will run out of storage space for contaminated water.

Japan’s environment minister, Yoshiaki Harada, supports a plan to dump the water into the sea. “The only option will be to drain it into the sea and dilute it,” said Yoshiaki on Tuesday. “The whole of the government will discuss this, but I would like to offer my simple opinion.”

The Details

Workers at the nuclear plant have used more than 1 million tons of water to keep fuel cores from melting following the earthquake/tsunami that damaged the plant in 2011.

Each day, roughly 200 tons of water are pumped out of the facility and stored in tanks. The water contains the radioactive isotope tritium, which even the most advanced filtration system cannot remove.

Plans to dump the water into the ocean are opposed by fisherman’s groups and by South Korea, which has urged Japan to “take a wise and prudent decision on the issue.”

Scientists claim the water poses little risk to ocean life once diluted.

Another One Bites The Dust

The Headline

President Trump’s national security adviser resigns (for the third time)

The Grind

National Security Adviser John Bolton submitted his resignation on Tuesday, becoming the third individual in his position to leave the White House since Trump took office.

“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House,” tweeted Trump on Tuesday. “I disagreed sternly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.”

Bolton says he offered to resign earlier, but that Trump told him to wait until the two of them could talk it over.

“The president [has] been signaling his displeasure with him for a while,” said Fernando Cutz, a former member of Trump’s National Security Council. “We saw a lot of the telltale signs that the president uses when he doesn’t like somebody being used on Bolton for a while now – isolating him from meetings, sending him to Mongolia when he went to North Korea [and] sending him to Warsaw when he wanted to make a key decision on the Taliban.”

Trump ultimately decided to invite members of the Taliban for peace talks in Maryland, but then cancelled them at the last moment. Analysts believe he cancelled the talks due to opposition from Bolton and other officials.

The Background

Trump’s first national security adviser – Michael Flynn – resigned less than one month into the job after it was revealed that he misled the FBI and Vice President Mike Pence about his communications with a Russian agent.

Flynn plead guilty in December 2017, but his sentence has not yet been issued. On Tuesday, Judge Emmet Sullivan of the DC District Court announced December 18th as a tentative sentencing date for Flynn.

Trump’s second national security adviser – HR McMaster – resigned in March 2018 after clashing with the President on key issues, including Trump’s claim that Russia did not influence the 2016 elections, Trump’s use of the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism,” and Trump’s decision to pull out of the nuclear deal with Iran.

John Bolton assumed the position of National Security Adviser on April 9th, 2018 and submitted his resignation on September 10th, 2019.

Bolton’s protege and second-in-command, Charles Kupperman, will serve as Acting National Security Adviser until Trump names a replacement. His pick does not require Senate confirmation.

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