Japan set to release treated water off Fukushima this spring or summer


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Why in spring or summer? If they really have to release it would be best done during the winter months when people don’t go to the beach for swimming, surfing and fishing.

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Japan ! Dumping nuclear-contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean or any ocean has never happened in the history of our Planet Earth. Ocean currents will carry this nuclear-contaminated water far and wide and deep into all seven oceans of our planet. And even into the waters and ice within the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. Scientists know that nuclear waste can last thousands of years If not for ever and, ever. And poison all fish that we humans eat.

Japan! Leave the nuclear-contaminated water in the tanks where they are stored, now. Japan! Do not play with nuclear-poisoned water like a child playing with fire.

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Fukushima nuclear waste water contacts and cools meltdown reactors directly, still contains many kinds of radioactivity such as Strontium90, Ruthenium106, Iodine129, Cesium135 over safety standard even after filtering, it's different to treated water of other nuclear plants.

But LDP Govt and Tepco with major media of Japan call it "treated water", deceive public as if it's same to other nuclear plants' draining, plan to dump it to Pacific.

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It is said to pose little risk to human health and the environment as the radiation given off by it is very weak and cannot penetrate human skin. It is also believed to be unlikely that it can accumulate in a living body.….

What are the risks of ingesting Tritium?

The fish ingest Tritium which is then eaten by humans.

Personally, I am not for ingesting radioactive substances…

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Since they claim the water is safe,why not dump it in Japan where no other country will complain.Or just use it for irrigation in Japan or drink it.

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hello greenpeace where are you now?


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This water is not safe at all. Common sense is not so common for some.

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60 times the total amount of tritium to be released from Fukushima is released every year from a reactor in the UK.

Chinese and Korean reactors release more than double the concentration to be released every year.

Still waiting to hear that better, alternative plan that no one ever offers up.

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Spot on comments from Roy.

They should have got on with releasing this water months ago - having to tend to all of that is, if anything just hindering the much more important job of getting on with decommissioning the nuclear reactors.

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Just here to show my support for the 'dump it' crowd.

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Scientists know that nuclear waste can last thousands of years If not for ever and, ever. 

I am quite sure that no valid scientific paper has ever used the term "for ever and ever." Really, less hysterics and more information would be helpful here. As Peter Neil noted above, nobody who is whinging is offering an alternative solution.

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They could dump it in the streams and ponds around my neighborhood. They're already choked with trash, discarded bicycles and junk. The locals wouldn't notice or probably care.

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Radioactive water is harmful to the environment no matter what the level of treatment is.

Radioactive water causes various health problems for plants, animals, and humans.

If radioactive water is released into bodies of water, it can contaminate the water and the organisms that live in it. This can cause long-term damage to the ecosystem and pose a threat to human health if the contaminated water is consumed.

The Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011, which released radioactive water into the ocean, caused widespread damage to marine life and poses a threat to human health even today ~ is a good example.

Radioactive water is bad for the environment and can cause significant damage to ecosystems and human health.

Common sense tells you that even if we measure radioactive materials, it will always be radioactive materials. Small or large. It's always radio active materials that fish must swim in. Whales must jump in. You must swim in.

And, if many countries are dumping radio active materials into our oceans, does that make it right to be one of them?

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Everything about the ALPS is here

The total volume of the ALPS treated water* and the strontium removed water that is waiting for the purification treatment by ALPS is, as of October 31, 2019, about 1.17 million m3 , and the amount and concentration of tritium are, on average, about 856 TBq (TBq = Terabecquerel) and about 0.73 MBq/L (MBq = Megabecquerel) respectively

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You do know that MÉTI is a Japanese government department that is enthusiastic about reopening Japanese NPPs and has shares, stocks and a rotation of staff from the ministry to Cody well paid jobs in nuclear industry. So I guess you can trust what they say…not.

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Roy SophveasonToday  11:08 am JST

Fun fact: That's about 2.4 grams of tritium.

It is fun only for you.

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If we voted for nuclear power then we must live with the consequences.

The IAEA says it’s safe to follow the filtering and diluting regime, so long as it’s monitored and enforced. Of course nothing is literally 100% safe, and I would not drink the seawater anywhere, but they mean relatively safe within the overall scheme of things. Russian and China can butt out as they are already polluting the seas. Korea’s stance is more mature.

Naturally no nuclear power at all would be the safest option, but that is not really the question here.

Just start the flow gently and keep a close eye on it. No hurry. If any rules are broken, take TEPCO to court ASAP. Make sure they are aware of the consequences.

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And it will be so heavily diluted that you can't even measure the increase of radioactivity anymore.

If that’s the case you shouldn’t be afraid to drink the water when you’re thirsty…

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The world will find out two months after they start releasing it. Better to ask for forgiveness and all.

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They can always remove the salt from the water and you won’t have to worry about salt

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Are you saying they should drink it after filtering but before they have diluted it with seawater, and before they then release it to blend into the ocean?

Or are you saying they should drink the ocean water around there after removing the salt? In that case I would probably not worry too much about having a glass myself.

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@Stephen chin.

Not correct. During the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, contaminated water was released into nearby rivers and eventually made its way into the black sea.

In 1950s and 1950s both united states and the Soviet union dumped nuclear waste and other radioactive material into the ocean.

However international treaties ask countries to store their nuclear waste on land or in specially designed facilities.

Japan need to reconsider to honor those treaties but do not say it has never happened before.

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The final concentration will meet the same standards used for drinking water today, which is lower in Japan than most countries.

It’s stunning that in this age, with scientific information available at our fingertips, so many people comment without five minutes of research. People have incredible opportunities to be more knowledgeable, to be smarter, but choose to remain in the darkness of ignorance.

It’s no wonder no one can offer up a better solution.

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Japanese wanted nuclear power and now they must deal with nuclear waste. A few fishermen complaining about radioactive fish, not being able to swim in the sea and increased risk of cancer, who really cares, certainly not the Japanese.

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