TEPCO, the operators of Japan’s crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima has made a terrible decision. They are going to be releasing radioactive tritium into the Pacific Ocean!
This decision, of course, has angered all local fishermen who claim to have not even been consulted on the decision. Takashi Kawamura the chairman of Tokyo Electro Power Co. said that this plan has been settled, but they are still waiting for the final word from Japan’s nuclear regulation authority as reported in the Japanese newspaper Tokyo Shimbun. As you may know, there is about 770,000 tons of radioactive water stored in 580 tanks in Fukushima.
Technology has so far been a complete failure when it comes to removing the tritium from the water and water is, of course, constantly being contaminated because these reactors are being cooled. For more information on Fukushima if you haven’t been keeping up check out the video below.
TEPCO’s solution is to simply pour the liquid into the ocean where it would ‘quickly be diluted.’ This decision sets precedent that it can be copied. Seemingly permitting anyone to dump nuclear waste into our seas. They claim it will be safe because of how diluted it will become, but is that really the case and if we are still producing more contaminated water would that too be poured into the ocean? This could be one major environmental disaster.
Aileen Mioko-Smith an anti-nuclear activist told the Telegraph:
“authorities should have been able to devise a way to remove the tritium instead of simply announcing that they are going to dump it into the ocean.”
Tepco insists that this tritium poses few health hazards but Japanese fishermen are in an outrage. This release will create waves of unfound rumors, and their business will be affected dramatically. There were small amounts of radiation from Fukushima reaching the West Coast of the US dating back to 2016, so this will be a huge ordeal.
For more on this please check out the video below. Is there no way to handle this terrible situation without harming the environment further? There has to be a better option than this!