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)?