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Another Dark Milestone in the history of this Beautiful Nation.

-12 ( +14 / -26 )

For the love of god, there has been at least 7 posts about this topic this week alone. JT is milking this one hard

11 ( +14 / -3 )

It is perfectly safe and has much lower concentrations than any other nuclear wastewater dumping on this planet. Give it a break.

9 ( +20 / -11 )

Did you know? There has never been a long term study on the effects of pouring out treated Nuked water into the ocean? Long term. Not just a few decades.

-5 ( +10 / -15 )

The Ambassador should have had ready documents citing the radioactive discharge levels from all of China’s reactors and other pollutants and presented them as either refutation or a counter complaint at China polluting the oceans and endangering Japanese industry, food and people.

This is just Chinese hypocrisy and political grandstanding and should be firmly treated as such.

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There is little that will migrate the reputational harm for Fukushima’s fishing and agricultural industries, the same inevitable damage will be inflicted/fall on Japan fishing communities as a whole, the stigma of possible radioactive exposure carries far and wide, tarred by the same brush.

The water, filtered to remove radioactive elements will be highly diluted to lower the concentration of tritium.

The release, I understand through a 1km pipe, into the Pacific Ocean will be continuous for more than 30 years.

The Japanese government will quite rightly insists that the continued IAEA will maintain “its impartial, independent, and objective safety review during the discharge phase.”

IAEA, will maintain a permeant station at the plant, to assess all activities processes and publish independent data.

The downside, the glaring question marks over TEPCO competence plus a the rather unnerving insistence that the discharge release will have negligible consequences.

Some 1,000 tanks were built to contain 1.3 million tonnes of wastewater.

What are the creditable options/alternatives?

The dangers of continuing to store and maintain such vast quantities of contaminated waste water on site is simply unthinkable.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

No fish for me.

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

China has no shame❗

How can it criticize any country about how they treat the earth?

They should search under

"Pollution in China Wikipedia"

4 ( +5 / -1 )

WiseOneIn KansaiToday  09:19 pm JST

China has no shame❗

How can it criticize any country about how they treat the earth? 

They should search under

"Pollution in China Wikipedia"

Another diversionary nonsense!

As if China owns Fukushima!

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

The release has been endorsed by the U.N. atomic watchdog, which said it will have staff on site on Thursday for the start of the release, which is due to take several decades to complete.

Will the staff be there like 7 11 for 30 years?

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Hiro S Nobumasa,

There have been a number of technical reports over the past eighteen months

The International Atomic Energy Agency have carried our between 3 to 5 technical assessments,

To quote a section of a report I read from a French new agency ......

On March 11, 2011, the three reactor cores of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant experienced a meltdown, leaving northeast Japan devastated and adding a nuclear emergency to the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami. Since then, massive quantities of water have been used to cool down the nuclear reactors’ fuel rods every day, while hundreds of thousands of litres of rainwater or groundwater have entered the site.  

Japanese authorities have warned that storage capacities are nearing their limit and will reach saturation by 2024. The power plant is also located in a region with a high earthquake risk – meaning that a new tremor could cause the tanks to leak. 

The Filtering process should have taken place and the wastewater released months ago.

Tritium cannot simply be eliminated, dilution in vast quantities of seawater to lower the concentration is the only option.

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I do not fear the tritium, I fear the the radionuclides not removed by the troubled filtration system. It had too many breakdowns and failures.

That water is not safe.

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

gkamburoff, this is an expert opinion as to the logic of releasing the wastewater

Fukushima to release wastewater – an expert explains why this could be the best option

https://theconversation.com/fukushima-to-release-wastewater-an-expert-explains-why-this-could-be-the-best-option-198173

What is the alternative?

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Yes, it's surely not absolutely safe and healthy, but anything else isn't also. And don't overreact so extremely every time when it's about this topic. Not only does everyone of us radiate as well as the ground we all walk on, no, you would expose to much more radiation when eating a banana, let yourself being x-rayed several times or expose yourself to radiation on long distance flights, to only name a few examples. Where's the loud outcry and the discussion then? There isn't any, because no one complains about all other radiation issues, only here on that very specific one, which is not nice but also not the big tragedy as everywhere propagated.

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gkamburoff, the wastewater is not safe, it is the only opinion left.

The result of a devastating earthquake and tsunami.

The government cannot be blamed for what is essentially a natural disaster.

TEPCO must take responsibility for its incompetence dragging its feet.

I am convinced that the plant safety standards have been mismanaged for decades.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

This will open the doors for anyone to dump waste on the oceans.

Just mix it before dumping it.

Oil companies, plastic factories, chemical factories, industrial waste... rejoice! you can get rid of your waste for free!!

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

itsonlyrocknrollAug. 23  10:18 pm JST

Tritium cannot simply be eliminated, dilution in vast quantities of seawater to lower the concentration is the only option.

Sadly the only option is not safe for humans and creatures in the Pacific Ocean.

-8 ( +0 / -8 )

Sadly the only option is not safe for humans and creatures in the Pacific Ocean.

Happily there are Tritium filters to fix that.

Industrial Tritium filter providers: Croft Filters, from UK. Veolia, from USA. NucleanTech, from Spain. etc.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

The solution to pollution is not dilution.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

The solution to pollution is not dilution.

It might be. After all, that radiation already existed here on earth, we've just condensed it for the purposes of fueling a nuclear plant. Maybe diluting it back into inconsequential amounts is the key.

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that radiation already existed here on earth

Tritium is an aberration produced by the Nuclear Reactors.

Naturally occurring tritium is extremely rare on Earth. [...]. It can be produced artificially by [...] byproduct in normal operations of nuclear reactors.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Naturally occurring tritium is extremely rare on Earth. [...]. It can be produced artificially by [...] byproduct in normal operations of nuclear reactors.

I believe that doesn't mean the reaction didn't previously exist, rather it was in a different form. If I recall correctly, radiation follows the first law of thermodynamics.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I believe that doesn't mean the reaction didn't previously exist

Typo. Should have been: I believe that doesn't mean the radiation...

1 ( +2 / -1 )

The only problem is that this radionuclides are now in the oceans biota, and might eventually end up in our plate.

You build nuclear plants to protect people from exposure to radiation.

Not to poison them.

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The only problem is that this radionuclides are now in the oceans biota, and might eventually end up in our plate.

The people behind it are saying the radiation will be diluted in the oceans to an insignificant amount.

It seems plausible to me, the oceans are pretty big.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Mother Nature will retaliate…

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

The amount of grandstanding here is beyond ridiculous. The water is basically harmless and it's about to be diluted in 5 sextillion* gallons of water.

thanks, ChatGPT
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The Ambassador should have had ready documents citing the radioactive discharge levels from all of China’s reactors and other pollutants and presented them as either refutation or a counter complaint

It would be a counter complaint but how would it be a refutation?

If another nation polluted the oceans, it would be irrelevant to whether the TEPCO release is safe or not.

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The people behind it are saying the radiation will be diluted

These people is so incompetent that their maximum achievement in the last 12 years is to dilute wastewater in the sea.

12 years took to reach this point!

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

These people is so incompetent that their maximum achievement in the last 12 years is to dilute wastewater in the sea.

Or are they so competent they managed to come up with a solution that works, but the plebs can't understand how it would?

0 ( +2 / -2 )

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