TEPCO has recently announced that they will dump ALL radioactive water stored at Fukushima into the ocean.
If the humans species cannot handle ONE radioactive leak, and, as Japanese professors warn, Fukushima can easily escalate into an EXTINCTION level event, then why don’t we start decommissioning all the nuclear reactors Today?
And why are we, the people, still silent about it?
I am promoting THIS article for one and a half years now, but — unfortunately — most readers chose to ignoring it. It is very unfortunate and I ask you to, please, consider reading and sharing it, because it shows all the hidden costs of nuclear energy, proving it is extremely nonprofitable in the long term.
Finally, even if nuclear energy was the best solution back then, I promise you it’s not anymore. Plus, it’s not worth the risks – it never has! Not to mention that we now have the capabilities of building a network of clean energy sources, like never before.
Now back to the bad news. EneNews reports:
Juan Carlos Lentijo, head of IAEA’s mission to Fukushima Daiichi, Dec. 4, 2013: “Controlled discharge is a regular practice in all the nuclear facilities in the world. And what we are trying to say here is to consider this as one of the options to contribute to a good balance of risks and to stabilize the facility for the long term.”
Xinhua, Dec. 4, 2013: Lentijo said that TEPCO should weigh the possible damaging effects of discharging toxic water against the total risks involved in the overall decommissioning work process. […] Tanaka highlighted the fact that while highly radioactive water could be decontaminated in around seven years, the amount of water containing tritium will keep rising, topping 700,000 tons in two years. […] nuclear experts have repeatedly pointed out that [tritium] is still a significant radiation hazard when inhaled, ingested via food or water, or absorbed through the skin. […] fisherman, industries and fisheries bodies in the Fukushima area and beyond in Japan’s northeast, have collectively baulked at the idea of releasing toxic water into the sea […] TEPCO will be duty-bound to submit assessments of the safety and environmental impact […]
In the real world, there is no safe level of radiation, and there are alternatives.
Dr. Arjun Makhijani – a recognized expert on nuclear power, who has testified before Congress, served as an expert witness in Nuclear Regulatory Commission proceedings, and been interviewed by many of the largest news organizations – told PBS in March:
We actually sent a proposal to Japan two years ago, some colleagues of mine and I, saying you should park a supertanker or a large tanker offshore, and put the water in it, and send it off someplace else so that the water treatment and the water management is not such a huge, constant issue. But [the Japanese declined].
Tepco – with no financial incentive to actually fix things – has been insanely irresponsible and has only been pretending to contain Fukushima. In related news, the Japanese government has embarked on a massive program of burning radioactive waste throughout Japan… instead of encapsulating it in glass or otherwise containing it.
Also, after recently learning from Japanes officials that, in their opinion, the Fukushima disaster was “man-made”, I have to ask myself “are ‘they’ radiating us on purpose“?