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Experts to visit Fukushima plant to check water release plan

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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How about dumping the water in the dry deserts of Africa???

-16 ( +4 / -20 )

Oxycodin, that environmental.racism

-1 ( +8 / -9 )

Jgov says it's safe to drink. Then pump it back to the dams and water reservoirs.

-3 ( +15 / -18 )

Readers, please stop posting that it should be used for drinking water. Such comment are not pertinent.

what about dumping it in the middle of Antarctica?

-18 ( +2 / -20 )

Government officials have repeatedly denied links between thyroid cancer in Fukushima and the accident and accused the former leaders of spreading “false information and wrongful discrimination and prejudice.”

They are accusing former PMs of this??

Has the LDP gone insane with power??

1 ( +12 / -11 )

IAEA approved, EU and USA approved of Japan's plans for water release.

It's not being done secretly and hidden from the world, Japan has invited all nations to come and take a look themselves on the release.

-8 ( +11 / -19 )

A thousand tanks to TEPCO and the government.

Why not listen to the five former prime ministers and the people of the world?

7 ( +12 / -5 )

Japan had a lot of time to actually think of a solution and the only solution they came up with is to dump nukified water into our oceans?

Think about that for a minute.

6 ( +15 / -9 )

Wonder what figures and graphs the international community have access to. If it’s only TEPCO and Government supplied data it’s a sure bet it’s falsified.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

The International Atomic Energy Agency's job is to promote the use of nuclear energy.

It's predictable that those experts will give the green light to release the water into the ocean.

Because it's their job to promote the use of nuclear energy.

8 ( +11 / -3 )

This was the headline of an Article posted here on January 28th

6 thyroid cancer patients sue TEPCO over Fukushima radiation

IN THIS ARTICLE IT STATES:

Another lawyer, Yuichi Kaido, said the lawsuit is not only for the six plaintiffs but for hundreds of others with health problems stemming from radiation effects. He said he hoped to establish a medical support system for them

The current government is ignoring the after effects of Fukushima, the LDP should be held accountable for this. If they are blatantly ignoring these effects what are the chances this government just turning a blind eye to any problems that could arise from the release of the water and manipulating data to show fukushima is safe when it is otherwise.

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AEA approved, EU and USA approved of Japan's plans for water release.

It's not being done secretly and hidden from the world, Japan has invited all nations to come and take a look themselves on the release.

More of the usual anti-Japan garbage on here, no other disaster you would tell the people to drink something or eat the remains of the disaster. Russia also has nuclear disaster, no comments on those people to drink the water or eat the food. Double trash standards as always.

Yes and every country does exactly the same thing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_disposal_of_radioactive_waste#:~:text=the%20surrounding%20area.-,North-East%20Atlantic%20Ocean,that%20environmen

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Japan had a lot of time to actually think of a solution and the only solution they came up with is to dump nukified water into our oceans?

and can you up with a better solution?

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and can you up with a better solution?

How about leaving it there? Don't see why it needs to be dumped in the ocean. They can release it a thousand years later.

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IAEA approved, EU and USA approved of Japan's plans for water release.

It's not being done secretly and hidden from the world, Japan has invited all nations to come and take a look themselves on the release.

More of the usual anti-Japan garbage on here, no other disaster you would tell the people to drink something or eat the remains of the disaster. Russia also has nuclear disaster, no comments on those people to drink the water or eat the food. Double trash standards as always.

AMEN !!..

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

Other nuclear power plants around the world release cooling water with tritium but not in the quantities in storage at the Fukushima plant.

and none of those of the plants nor their plans were inspected by the IAEA either.

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If the exact amount of contaminated water has been correctly calculated then why do they say - "the discharge is expected to take decades to finish" ?

It appears that the experts don't know exactly how much contaminated water there is and exactly how much contaminated water is being released periodically.

So how can they possibly have an accurate estimate of safety details of environmental impact concerns ?

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More than a million tons of treated water and the tanks are expected to reach their capacity of 1.37 million tons later this year.

Expected to ?

Doesn't sound very expert.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

No doubt that this will have some impact on the ocean and the surrounding areas, the Q is to what extent and what are the alternatives?

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Yes i completely understand that the cooling is still underway but why the amount of water needed or being released appears to be unknown.

That's my point !

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The sea is radioactive; the world is naturally radioactive, properly diluted and spread well away from population centres and fishing sites this will have no measurable impact on the Pacific oceans existing levels of radioactivity.

The incompetence and mismanagement of Japans nuclear programme which lead to the disaster has no relevance or bearing on future nuclear programmes using modern technology in Europe, so the joint statement is irrelevant and unwarranted.

Didn’t the failings and mismanagement that lead to the disaster occur on these prime ministers watch? Hypocrisy of the most egregious sort!

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Greenpeace has already done an independent study. Don’t release into the sea.

if I drink a whole bottle of whiskey straight, I will get drunk. If I drink a whole bottle of whiskey, double shots in a big glass with ice and coke, I will still get drunk.

(the IAEA purpose is to promote nuclear power)

6 ( +9 / -3 )

For this visit to have even a small degree of usefulness the report from the team needs to be as complete and transparent as possible, but seeing how badly it has been managed until now this is not likely to happen.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

A team of researchers from Kindai University and private companies in western Japan have developed a new filter enabling the removal of water containing radioactive tritium.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180828/p2a/00m/0na/013000c

Why are they not using this according to the article the filter can stop vapors of tritium water, and the separation rate was "almost 100 percent," 

Oh wait do you think it might be cheaper to just release it straight into the ocean without treating it?

12 ( +12 / -0 )

I know where my next fishing trip will be.

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Experts to visit Fukushima plant to check water release plan:

Again? Have the experts not been reported to have done that before?

Or it is a different group of more qualified experts from IAEA this time..

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I never expect leadership from Japanese politicians. They’re the same as the CCP and the North Koreans. From America we had Trump who only cared about money, although money is important to be sure. And now we have sleepy Joe with sleepy Joe as vice president Russia attacked Georgia and Ukraine and Russia is back at it again in Ukraine. There’s a leadership vacuum in the world today and don’t the Japanese know it. Only the Koreans the South Koreans are actually doing something it seems. But maybe I’m wrong maybe the world leadership will finally call out Japan. We can only hope. But it’s clear that Japanese bribes and lobbying yen will find its way into politicians pockets. It’s truly sickening and frightening.

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@Stickslikeglue

If I worked for the Japanese Government, I would be responsible to come up with a solution on how to take care of the Nuked water. Since it's not my job, I did not join the Japanese think tank. However, I am sure we all have better ideas on how to fix this situation albeit it's not the job of posters.

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It is a good thing that an international group is going to inspect their plans. However, I’m curious what will happen if they say no. On past experience, Japan will ignore international judgements and do what they like anyway.

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Brown envelopes prepared and ready to be distributed upon arrival. This is farce. They have already decided it's going to be dumped.

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It all can get even crazier in Japan, look at the EU, 2021 nuclear was a no no, 2022 nuclear is now sustainable, honestly, we are all governed by a bunch of morons

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A team of researchers from Kindai University and private companies in western Japan have developed a new filter enabling the removal of water containing radioactive tritium. ... Why are they not using this

Even if it's feasible to filter out tritiated water, I guess the question remains of what to do with it.

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I'm not defending the decision but some people don't understand i guess.

The experts consist of international experts.

So it is not only Japan deciding. As long those experts confirm the safety than Japan may release it. If you agree or not but again it is not only Japan deciding.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

when money talks and all people and nations concerned are muted.

i have found here some info some weeks ago that water from Fukushima is safe and all articlee was written in style like there is nothing to worry about.

i feel very weird at least to be honest.remember well Fukushima disaster and than steps and "action" of completely incompentent jpn gov,meetings here and there,talk "thinking" and mountain of faxes while people get sick and many have lost completely everything they had-house ,loved ones,jobs,any future...and now same LDP guys are going to say daijobu desuyo...

just imagine if same thing will happen in China or say Korea or Russiaand than if chinees or korean or russians will decide to spill radioactive water in ocean-can you guess japanese reaction?and one from USA?

but yes...you know what I mean...

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The water is going to be released, and then the tanks will fill up again unless there is a good-sized earthquake, in which the tanks and system are destroyed and the reaction gets out of control. There is no scientifically available way to slow (cool) the reaction without water, so the process is continuous.

If the released water can have the tritium filtered out (if it is really only tritium in the tank water), that would be better. I don’t know if that is technically or financially feasible, but even that isn’t going to stop the essential problem of the reaction, and there are no moves in that direction anyway.

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Any experts that approve of this waste water release into the sea is not suitable for environmental protection.

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A good article about tritium safety is here:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-radioactive-hydrogen-in-drinking-water-a-cancer-threat/

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Is this not only about Tritium at this point? All the filtrable radioactive particles have been filtered out, it is only Tritium where that is hard. But Tritum is naturally present in the environment anyway. So just dilute this and be done with it.

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The The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission says that tritium in drinking water at low levels is not a risk to health:

https://nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/resources/health/tritium/tritium-in-drinking-water.cfm

Is Japanese tritium different from Canadian tritium? If not, can we stop the scaremongering?

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Japan's health ministry said on Tuesday it had ordered the suspension of shipments of black rockfish caught off Fukushima prefecture after radiation exceeding an upper limit was detected in a catch late last month.

That's very real, and scary.

We will need radiation level warnings on the eateries.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

It is insane and puts Japanese people in danger.

The British also release contaminated water from Sellafield Nuclear Plant into the Irish Sea ongoing. Such abuse of the Seas should stop.

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@ WillIB

And where have these filtrable radioactive particles gone that your talking about ?

Recycled ?

Supposedly responsibly disposable ?

Where are they now ?

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