Beginning this Thursday, August 24, Japan is going to begin the process of discharging wastewater from the damaged Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear facility into the surrounding ocean. Every day, around 100,000 liters of polluted water are gathered at the location in northeast Japan. This water comes from the process of cooling the damaged plant’s reactors, as well as rainwater that seeps in.
After many years of debate, Japan made the decision back in 2021 that it would discharge into the ocean no more than about 500,000 liters/ day through a pipe that was one kilometer in length.
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Tritium is regularly released from nuclear power facilities into waterways worldwide; […] For decades (there have been) no evidential detrimental environmental or health effects, stated Tony Hooker, a nuclear expert from the University of Adelaide.
Greenpeace, on the other hand, holds a contrary viewpoint and asserts that the technology that is utilized to filter the water contains defects. Additionally, the group is of the opinion that Japan would purposefully disseminate radioactive materials.
Even China is not sympathetic to Japan’s activities, claiming that the effluent would transform the Pacific Ocean into a ‘sewer.’ As a matter of fact, Beijing has prohibited the import of food from ten different prefectures in Japan and has mandated strict radiation testing for food from the other prefectures and the rest of the country.
What steps has Japan taken to ease our worries?
The government has invested a significant amount of time and energy over the past several months in an effort to convince skeptics both domestically and internationally. These efforts have taken the form of anything from educational trips to Fukushima to live-streaming videos of fish thriving in the effluent. The operator of the plant, TEPCO, claims that a specialized filtration system known as ALPS has eliminated all radioactive materials (cesium and strontium), with the exception of tritium. But is that sufficient?
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