Even though there is 300 tons of radioactive water leaking into the Pacific on a daily basis, Tepco officials have decided to release another 770,000 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific. Of course, Tepco officials claim it will have little to no effect on ocean life however, I think this claim is unfounded.
50,000 trillion Becquerel’s of radiation leaked: 300 tons of radioactive water leaking daily into the Pacific and no known technology to fix it, so you can imagine the anger by local residents, environmental groups and fishermen as Tokyo Electric Power Co., TEPCO, the operator of the Fukushima plant announced they are set to release more radioactive material into the Pacific Ocean.
Around 770,000 tons of highly radioactive water is being stored in 580 tanks at the site. Many of the contaminants can be filtered out, but the technology does not presently exist to remove tritium from water. Tepco say tritium poses little risk to human health and is quickly diluted by the ocean.
Japanese Fisherman are furious with Tokyo Electric Power Co., latest plan to remove nuclear waste from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, and say it will destroy an already devastated fishing industry.
Officials of Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plant that was damaged during the earthquake/Tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, plan to release radioactive tritium into the Pacific Ocean.
In an interview with local media, Takashi Kawamura, chairman of TEPCO, said: “The decision has already been made.” He added, however, that the utility is waiting for approval from the Japanese government before going ahead with the plan and is seeking the understanding of local residents.
Officials claim they can filter out 62 different radioactive particles found in the water tanks at Fukushima, but have no process in place to remove the Tritium.
“This accident happened more than six years ago, and the 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,” said Aileen Mioko-Smith, an anti-nuclear campaigner with Kyoto-based Green Action Japan.
“They say that it will be safe because the ocean is large, so it will be diluted, but that sets a precedent that can be copied, essentially permitting anyone to dump nuclear waste into our seas,” she told The Telegraph.