Jamail | Fukushima Plant Is Releasing 770,000 Tons of Radioactive
Water Into the Pacific Ocean
Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant suffered a triple-core
meltdown in March 2011 as the result of devastating earthquake, most
people had no idea this was only the beginning of a nuclear disaster
that has arguably become the single worst industrial accident in
the three core meltdowns cool has been an ongoing challenge that has
yet to be met. As fresh water is pumped over the cores, it is then
stored on site in massive tanks. The Tokyo Electric Power company
(TEPCO), the operator of the plant, then has to figure out what to do
with that water.
TEPCO announced that it would dump 770,000 tons of radioactive
tritium water into the Pacific Ocean.
announcement infuriated local fishermen and environmental groups
across Japan. According to Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, an environmental
toxicologist and winner of the 2015 Rachel Carson prize, their
outrage and alarm is not without merit.
release of thousands of tons of radioactive tritium by a giant
utility company into our aquatic and natural environments is a
blood-chilling prospect," Savabieasfahani told Truthout.
questions why there is not more outrage from those in the Japanese
government who are responsible for safeguarding the health and
wellbeing of the general public.
are the defenders of our public's health?" she asked. "If
they could pull the plug out of their mouth, they could tell us that
tritium is a toxic radioactive isotope of hydrogen, and that, once
released, tritium cannot be removed from the environment. Let that