ENVIRONMENTNEWSFukushima’s Radioactive Water Ocean Discharge Plan Receives Backslash

Maureen SantosJanuary 24, 201929367 min

Environmental group Greenpeace believes that discarding the radiated Fukushima water into the ocean is such a bad idea, criticizing the Japanese government’s decision.

The largest portion of the Earth is water and everything that is dumped into an ocean will surely reach other oceans because it will be drifted by winds and waves. Humans are not the only ones that will be affected but the whole ecosystem itself. There are millions, probably billions of marine species living underwater, some not yet discovered. If these species get affected, then humans who consume them will be affected as well.

Greenpeace disapproves the government and power plant company’s decision to discharge the contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant into the ocean. Approximately, 1.09 million tons of water is currently stored in over 900 plant tanks. The tanks were destroyed during the March 2011 tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9 earthquake. Every week the tanks are filled with up to 4,000 tons of water.

Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant before the disastrous March 2011 earthquake and tsunami hit.(WikimediaCommons/Kawamoto Takuo)

Greenpeace Japan campaigner Kazue Suzuki said, “We have raised the water crisis with the UN International Maritime Organisation and firmly stand with local communities, especially fisheries, who are strongly opposed to any plans to discharge contaminated water into their fishing grounds.”

The insane decision was put forth last year following the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s (METI) public hearings in Tokyo and Fukushima. It is an effort to make local residents believe that dumping the radioactive water into the ocean will do no harm to the marine or human life.

Eco groups that oppose the decision had acquired some leaked data from government sources showing that the tanks still contain radioactive water causing public outrage. Tepco was compelled to admit the truth that its attempt to decrease radioactive material in the water known as radionuclides, did not succeed.  The company claimed before that advanced procedures had lessened cancer-causing contaminants including ruthenium-106, iodine-129, and strontium-90 in the water to nondescriptive levels.

Japanese Squid fishing boat (WikimediaCommons/Takanobu Shuji)

Local fishermen and nearby countries also oppose the dumping of radioactive water into the ocean. This would greatly impact the local fishing industry and those of neighboring nations. Taiwan, for instance, asked its citizens if the government still need to continue the sanction on food and product imports from Japan in regions most affected by the radiation.

Recently, the government allowed the residents to return to their homes, one town at a time. Some are reluctant because of fear what the radiation may cause even though eight years have already passed since the nuclear plant’s reactors meltdown.

A maximum of 122,000 people returned to their homestead where grasses have overgrown parking lots. Still, there are 35,000 residents are ready to go home throughout northeastern Japan.

Japanese evacuees at Koriyama High School gymnasium, Koryiama, Fukushima Prefecture. (WikimediaCommons/Steven L. Herman)

The Nuclear Accident Response Office said that they organized a committee to tackle the water treatment with discussions on progress. According to the Tokyo-based Citizens’ Nuclear Information Centre spokeswoman Caitlin Stronell, a number of deliberation is needed before any agreement is attained regarding what to do. The government could not just make a decision as simple as that since billions of marine animals and people will get affected.

A nuclear physicist made an ‘unintentional’ error in calculating radiation doses. University of Tokyo professor emeritus Ryugo Hayano said that he did not mean to make an underestimation on the article communicated for the online edition of the Journal of Radiological Protection in July 2017. The article mentioned that normal radiation doses were one-third of the absolute level for the Date population.

The district is situated about 60 kilometers northwest of the damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. The article’s measurements of the radiation were established on dosimeters the Date residents wore following the revelation of the nuclear disaster in March 20111.

Maureen Santos

She lets everyone become aware of what is happening to our beloved planet Earth and its inhabitants. She can take you beyond the space and find out how neighbor planets are doing. Moreover, she would open your eyes to the things what makes the Earth suffer including the living species and allow you to decide what you can do to help save the planet and the future generation.


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