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Fukushima nuclear plant begins releasing treated radioactive water into sea

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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ROFL!!

リッチAug. 24 02:29 pm JST

It’s safe. Full hazmat suits

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The second attempt to reply is that the ocean is so vast it will dilute any trillion or other possibly increased radiation. It is very safe! And no concern is warranted. Yes! It is radioactive but all things are radioactive. The Koreans are using it as a club against Japan. It makes me dislike them even more, and I worry about the safety of Japan's Embassy in Seoul.

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Can I ask why she’s looking at her phone if she’s supposed to be doing a “News” report?

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I love that this picture caught the reporter with her sleeves rolled up and no head protection. I’m sure she put it on for the recording though. Total propaganda.

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Would someone care to check how much water is being released, and then do some high-school math on how much water is in the ocean and work out the percentage of this 'pollution' please? I could do the math for you, but I feel the impact is better when you see the numbers yourself.

This is a complete non issue.

If you disagree strongly, please go ahead and make a note in your calendar to check the news in 2 months for any stories of problems caused by this discharge. Or in 2 years. Or two decades. There will be none. There is no risk. Come at me in a year and tell me I'm wrong.

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Sensational Journalism totally idiotic logic the want to report on something they are clueless about they fell it best to over their clothing from the fall out rather than wearing FULL PROTECTIVE gear covering the most important entry routes the nose, eyes and mouth!!! Scare tactics or a fashion statement thats going to put people on edge.

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@Mark if you think you are in danger you should have been praying along time ago! Do you know of all the harmful pollutants that's released DAILY into the atmosphere that you don't know about or read about, but yet and still you are still here on this earth to have another day to go pray.

I pray for the safety of our grandchildren and future generations. 1 km away from the beach means NOTHING, as we all know it will be at our doorsteps within hours.

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Tyvek suits? Gimme a break. What a bunch of sensationalistic horse crap.

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Fukushima waste water, being gradually released over 10 years, still contains less tritium than wastewater from Chinese and South Korean power plant waste water combined.

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I pray for the safety of our grandchildren and future generations. 1 km away from the beach means NOTHING, as we all know it will be at our doorsteps within hours.

-9 ( +0 / -9 )

I can't see how it will possibly ruin the image of seafood from the Eastern coast.

I mean many posters here would be more than happy to eat beef from the pastures or fish from the rivers around Chernobyl right?

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

The media reporters are in the sea area of Namie where the radiation levels are normal.

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You forgot to factor in the dilution, you need to multiply the 31,200 m³ by 1,200. Then the math checks out, for a regular sized ballpark at least.

Shouldn’t the tritium remain a constant 5 trillion? That’s what stumps me. Regardless of dilution

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You forgot to factor in the dilution, you need to multiply the 31,200 m³ by 1,200. Then the math checks out, for a regular sized ballpark at least.

Thank you! That makes sense

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Wearing the suit with the hood open and bare hands without a mask doesn't make any sense but just too hot in summer Japan. I admire and feel pity for the tv crew. Staff working in the field always have to endure their supervisor's self-serving instructions in any place any time...

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That's what they have been announcing for years. 1500 Bq/L, dilution by a factor of something like 350. The article says they are currently diluting more than necessary (1200 times instead of 350-ish), and they are going a bit easier on the amount of water too. Without deeper knowledge I would assume that they are ramping up slowly, it would certainly make sense to not go full hog on the first day of the next 30 to 40 years.

Yes but assuming the total water release amount and the becquerel/liter quantity, Asahi states 5 trillion becquerels of tritiumin total. The current 190 becquerels of tritium / liter of 31,200 cubic liters of water is 5.9 billion becquerels.

So I’m wondering how the reported total number of tritium is fluctuating so much if you consider reported total water volume and reported tritium/liter.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Those radiation suits in the picture are purely for show (or propaganda purposes). They are miles away from Fukushima Daiichi and, even at the plant, you only need to wear a radiation suit in very specific, limited areas. See below R Zone and Y Zone:

https://www.tepco.co.jp/en/hd/decommission/progress/environment/index-e.html

The water release is safe according to the IAEA, and needs to be done. I'm glad it's finally happening.

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Japan has said that it will discharge at most 500,000 liters per day, with the release of the water planned to take some 30 years to complete. 

Japan has said almost all radioactive elements from the water before its release, with the exception of tritium, which is difficult to filter. But many nuclear experts say tritium poses little risk to human health, as it does not accumulate in the body.

Source:

https://www.dw.com/en/japan-begins-pumping-fukushima-nuclear-plant-water-into-sea/a-66617687?maca=en-rss-en-all-1573-rdf

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Great biased reporting with white garbage bag suits.

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Here is an irritating quote: "Still, some scientists say long-term impact of the low-dose radioactivity that remains in the water needs attention." It is skepticism thus far. Yet is a blow to nearly unanimous support for the radioactive sea dump.

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Asahi was publishing 1,500 becquerels/liter just a few days ago. Now it’s 190. A Rutgers report states Tepco is saying 63/liter. We’re just getting random numbers now.

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They are giving us small figures like 190 becquerels / liter but

I plugged the 31,200 cubic meters of water into ChatGPT and it calculates:

1 cubic meter is equal to 1000 liters, so:

31,200 cubic meters = 31,200 * 1000 = 31,200,000 liters

Now, multiply the number of liters by the concentration of tritium:

31,200,000 liters * 190 becquerels/liter = 5,928,000,000 becquerels

5.9 billion becquerels of tritium sounds like a lot. I guess it all depends on the water current. If anything will accumulate due to current/turbulence . Let’s hope the scientists calculate it well.

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Absolutely unncessary and irresponsible of this news crew to dress like this. It's more fearmongering than journalism.

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People should be more concerned about chemicals and mercury in the fish than radiation.

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The reporters are not wearing Hazmat suits and they don't have a dosimeter to measure the radiation.

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Maybe the reporter and the cameraman had no say in whether they want to wear it or not. Because ultimately its all up to the higherups arrangement in most cases usually. As to what that higherups’ agenda is in making a video in suits like that that is another question.

nurturing hate and discord around the world.

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-- glorious

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

The tritium release is safe. If so, then no need for hazmat suits. Clearly, the reporter & cameraman did not "gain their understanding". Sheer glorioius cosplay, as per the first comment.

-1 ( +9 / -10 )

Last night, I decided to go out for sushi, knowing full well that it may be the last time I'll feel comfortable eating fish. I'll be honest, sometimes I feel suspicious of some of the ideas I have. I'm probably alone in my fears.

I felt that way right up until I arrived at my favorite sushi shop, which had a 2 HOUR waiting list. Is it payday? NO. The truth is, even Japanese are uncomfortable with what TEPCO ( who didn't go to jail ) are doing.

TEPCO: Let them eat sushi! That Marie Antoinette mindset is on full display. Most Japanese people will continue eating fish because it's part of their lifestyle. However, I saw proof, with my own eyes, that last night's sushi was probably the last time, anybody will feel comfortable eating fish.

The hits just keep on coming. Take one natural disaster, then tack on a nuclear meltdown. TEPCO: We can one-up them. Let's compound that by pouring it all back into the sea while raising electricity bills 16%.

Just like Trump famously said. We're gonna build and wall and make Mexico pay for it. TEPCO is actually getting it done. Pour that Nuclear wastewater back into the ocean and get the general public to pay for it. It's so diabolical, it's actually impressive.

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@albert

Give numbers and concrete evidence regarding your statement instead of commenting without any content.

Do you realize how much nuclear waste has been dumped in the oceans. If radiation is your concern than be also concerned on all cancer related products you can buy in supermarkets and current pollution etc.

So far there's no study for long term effect for Tritium and also many other nuclides waste from Fukushima.

https://www.env.go.jp/en/chemi/rhm/basic-info/1st/06-03-08.html

However many health effects can only being known decades after, for example this one:

https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetic-ingredients/talc

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/johnson-johnson-end-sales-baby-powder-talc-globally-year-rcna42805

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@ Sakurasuki

Give numbers and concrete evidence regarding your statement instead of commenting without any content.

Do you realize how much nuclear waste has been dumped in the oceans. If radiation is your concern than be also concerned on all cancer related products you can buy in supermarkets and current pollution etc.

10 ( +14 / -4 )

BS

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

The suits worn by the media crew are unnecessary for the area they are reporting from. Normal radiation levels there.

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Some comments are based on what kind of information.

Even comments about the protective suits shows some have not done their home work. Wearing the suits like that have no protection and a standard tyvek suit doesn't protect against radiation.

This media hype without any good comment or information is pointpess.

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I guarantee you that the level of radiation in Seoul is twice that in Fukushima right now. Yet they choose to wear these painting overalls on Fukushima. This is today's media..

https://www.pref.fukushima.lg.jp/site/portal-english/en02-01.html

Fukushima, measuring own Fukushima area of course it can be trusted? Just like we trust Fukushima Daichi plant. See what happens now.

-18 ( +5 / -23 )

Koreans misrepresenting stuff.. nothing new. I guarantee you that the level of radiation in Seoul is twice that in Fukushima right now. Yet they choose to wear these painting overalls on Fukushima. This is today's media..

https://www.pref.fukushima.lg.jp/site/portal-english/en02-01.html

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What is all the fuss about? From the BBC

"Today's radiation exposure for humans is very low

Overwhelmingly, the message from experts is that today's release is safe.

The process of treating the water and the plan to release it has been closely scrutinised by international authorities, who have found it adheres to even conservative safety standards.

Not only can these radioactive isotypes already be found inside the human body, the amount of them in the water release is so tiny it’s negligible.

The projected radiation dose to members of the public is in the range of 0.002 to 0.030 microSv per year.

But humans can safely be exposed to tens of thousands of times more than that - up to 1,000 microSv of radiation per year.

And to put it in perspective, a simple dental X-ray gives you a radiation dose of about 5 microSv, while a mammogram used in breast cancer screening gives you a dose of about 200 to 300 microSv."

https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-asia-66599189

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I knew the Covid suit would come in handy.

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Protective suit, hope they bring their own bento from outside that prefecture too. Glad producer of that show have concern with safety of reporter that cover tainted water release.

-14 ( +6 / -20 )

It’s safe. Full hazmat suits

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TV Chosun on the microphone…Korea ?

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The Japanese Gov't. and TEPCO never cared what others thought. They weren't looking for "understanding". They would just do it anyways.

-7 ( +10 / -17 )

Now we have to dress like that in Fukushima.

Thank you TEPCO

-20 ( +12 / -32 )

LMAO, nice costume. Newest COSPLAY ?

-20 ( +16 / -36 )

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