560 Tons Of Radioactive Waste Being Dumped Into The Ocean

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Remember Fukushima? The nuclear power plant disaster in Japan that melted down back in 2011? The one that no-one talks about anymore?

Well guess what — it’s still a problem. The latest news to hit the press is the fact that they are now dumping 560 tons of nuclear waste water into the Pacific ocean and they apparently plan to continue this practice until further notice…

Eat fish much?

 
Tokyo Electric Power Co. began dumping groundwater from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant into the Pacific on Wednesday (21-May), in a bid to manage the huge amounts of radioactive water that have built up at the complex.

For 3 years now, the power utility (Tepco) has been fighting a daily battle against contaminated water since Fukushima No. 1 was decimated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.

The Japan Times on Wednesday reported that Tepco said 560 tons of groundwater captured and stored before it entered reactor building basements was to be released Wednesday, using a bypass system that funnels it toward the ocean.

“Using the bypass, Tepco hopes to divert an average of 100 tons of untainted groundwater a day into the ocean.”

The controversial release came after the latest breakdown earlier in the week of a water treatment system for the highly contaminated water held in makeshift tanks.

The next discharge into the Pacific is expected to involve about 790 tons of groundwater stored since last year.

Tepco plans to step up the rate at which it pumps groundwater from the wells and feeds into tanks, and if Wednesday’s procedure becomes a routine cycle, the official said there could be a discharge of water roughly every week.

At the Fukushima No. 1 complex, groundwater flows down from nearby hills and 400 tons enters the basements of the wrecked reactor buildings on a daily basis, according to Tepco’s estimates, mixing with highly radioactive water used to cool reactors.

Workers then pump out the contaminated water, treat it and store it in more than 1,000 makeshift tanks that cover the facility grounds.

The tanks that hold the most contaminated liquids are nearly full and workers are rushing to build more capacity.

 
(So let’s just dump it all into the ocean and see how many people really give a $hit about it…)

 
From my point of view, I am highly concerned about the radioactive levels within fish caught in the ocean, particularly the Pacific ocean, and have read numerous reports over the past few years of people who have purchased their own radiation detectors and have discovered very high levels of radiation in fish.

I have been considering purchasing a quality radiation detector of my own – and if I do I will definitely report on what I find. Although I’m not on the Pacific coast, today’s fish in supermarkets and grocery stores come from all over the world – and who’s to say what may be contaminated and what’s not…

What do you think about all this? Are you buying the public line (from Tepco, the Japanese government, and others) about contamination levels being so low that it doesn’t matter? Do you buy the propaganda that there is an ‘acceptable’ amount of radiation risk versus the notion that it’s probably better to eliminate your exposure to radiation altogether (including the foods you eat)?

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10 Comments

  1. All I have to say is DON’T get caught with a Radiation Detector in the produce dept, by the Pineapples at Wally World…. The Walmartians will ask you to leave, and NOT in a friendly way…

  2. We have started substituting canned chicken in recipes that use canned tuna. Surprisingly not too many people even notice. The only thing that I really miss is tuna salad sandwiches. Been two years since I’ve had tuna. Starting to miss it less and less.

  3. I really like fish :( But unless it is out of the pond, or we know where it came from, I don’t eat it anymore :(

  4. Beware the shrimp out of the Gulf also. Between the oil and the Corexit 9900A, well, the shrimp are questionable.

    As for Fuku, there really is no known option. They still have not even located the three missing coriums from the 3 blown reactors. Dumping into the Pacific will continue for the next 100,000 years.

    1. 560 tonnes is a (sic) drop in the Ocean. The radioactivity will ultimately be reduced to harmless levels. There is plenty of natural radiation around which “drowns” out the influx from Fukashima.
      The coastline 200 kms either side of the Fukashima site are already in trouble. Particularly at low tide.

      Cossack is right. The Coriums are the real issue. If they ever catch fire then the airborne radioactivity created is going to cause the most concern.

      1. I read that the natural elevation at the Fukishima site was 25 meters higher than the final grade. The site was lowered primarily to facilitate equipment installation. No seawall would have been needed.

  5. The uninformed Chicken Little’s on this planet number in the millions. Are you aware that you are exposed to radiation every minute of your life? It comes from the sun, from radon, a natural occurring radioactive element that present in the soil almost everywhere? And how about your beloved cell phones? You know those things that you have with you 24 hours a day, that things you feel like you will die if you don’t have with you? We are CONSTANTLY bombarded with radiation of all different forms from ever single radio, radar, cell phone and cell phone tower, wireless phones in your house, wifi, etc. Even the wires in your house, car, work, etc. The list goes on and on. None of which we can do anything about.

    Educated yourself and stop this laughably ignorant hysteria, little hard of thinking lemmings.

    1. You are certainly correct in that ‘all that radiation adds up’. Lots of it small doses – fortunately. It’s also interesting that since Fukushima happened years ago, the site is still releasing radioactive water into the seas. That simply cannot be good…

      There’s no Chicken Little attitude on this site. While I do occasionally ‘push the envelope’ to get people’s attention, most articles and discussion here consist of critical-thinking and opinion.

      1. @ Ken & Steve Hammond

        I don’t know what yar talking about… I like my PNW fish to glow in the dark. Makes the candle light dinners all so much more colorful. AND I wont need this weeks radiation treatment for Cancer…..

        NRP

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