“Dilution is the not the solution to pollution.” This is a sentence spoken by physicist and pediatrician Dr. Helen Caldicott and other experts as they address the practice of allowing nuclear wastewater to taint the oceans. Japan has been unable to stop tons of radioactive water from gushing into the Pacific Ocean to the point where today, not one tuna (that people eat) was found free of toxins.
Some of the water has been restrained and stored at the destroyed site in Fukushima, but as Japan News has reported, that too may change as TEPCO (General Electric) runs out of room to store dangerous tanks. However, their so-called solutions to the problem are hard to believe.
Countless life-destroying radionuclides and other materials dwell in this water. Scientists know how to remove many of those, but cancer-causing tritium remains beyond man’s knowledge to remove. It is written that “groundwater and other water enters the reactor buildings that suffered meltdowns, where the water becomes contaminated.” About 162 tons of very tainted water is produced from the plant daily and TEPCO is preparing for a massive dump, it appears.
ALL WATER that comes in contact with the plant in anyway is poisonous, including rainwater, which re-enters the environment for people, plant life, and livestock to consume. This still is nothing compared to the billions of becquerels in this stored water. This is a problem since “storage tanks have a capacity of about 1.13 million tons.”
It can be imagined that, just as Japanese officials have been trying to get people to move back to the area, though it’s now all but eternally uninhabitable, soon leaders will be saying that the toxic tritium levels are safe or of “no threat” to human health.
Rather than admit the error, the practice since day one has been to downplay the toxicity even as death rates and cancer (particularly thyroid, a nuclear calling card) statistics reach frightful levels in the wake of the 2011 disaster.
It is also been established that “1.07 million tons of that capacity is now in use, of which about 80 percent is for such treated water.” Japan, of course, is a rather tiny island and “230,000 square meters — equivalent to almost 32 soccer fields” have already been used to store the tanks. Countless trees (sorry greenies) have been removed to make room and sadly, there is no more room.
God forbid that an earthquake topples these tanks… ever. For a nation produced by earthquakes and that now faces a possible extinction event due to one, this is quite a concern.
An anonymous senior official of the Economy, Trade, and Industry Ministry admitted, “Operation of tanks is close to its capacity.” This means that plans to build bigger tanks may now be on the back burner. Were this to be true, it would be one more lie endured by the inhabitants.
TEPCO has plans to “secure 1.37 million tons of storage capacity by the end of 2020, but it has not yet decided on a plan for after 2021.” These are the same people who ignored multiple warnings and scientific studies about both the location of the plant and the break wall used against tidal waves (which caused this incident to worsen). The Guardian has listed the many instances of this prior to the mishap.
Akira Ono, the chief decommissioning officer of TEPCO, has confessed that “It is impossible to continue to store [treated water] forever.” These officials have an eye on the ocean as a dumping ground, an idea often sold as “safe,” yet is more life-threatening than a midnight stroll in Chicago.
Already, an “average of 380 trillion becquerels had been annually released into the sea across Japan during the five years before the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.” A becquerel can be thought of as a tiny burst of microscopic radiation inside the body that can spark cancer and that happens each second. Therefore, eating anything out from the Pacific Ocean is forever an unhealthy idea and will remain so for good.
These numbers define that “tritium concentration of the treated water is up to more than 1 million becquerels per liter, which is more than 10 times higher than the national standard for release into the sea.” That level is 60,000, still roughly 60,000 opportunities to get cancer or damaged cells per second.
In June of 2016, those with a knowledge in this field of study were warning that a meeting with TEPCO produced official plans to “(1) release into the sea, (2) release by evaporation, (3) release after electrolysis, (4) burial underground [and/or] (5) injection into geological layers” were debated. Of all of these grim options, releasing into the ocean is one of the worst. To save costs, that is likely what is to happen here, just the same.
One man attending the 7th of these meetings asked, “While the fishery industry [in Fukushima and other prefectures] is in the process of revival, should we dispose of [the treated water] now?”
An official answered, “In order to advance the decommissioning, the number of tanks should be decreased at an early date.” This seems to be the plan even though it is known that this will sicken millions, a fact that has been downplayed since 2011.
Those living in the Fukushima Prefecture are going to be allowed to voice concerns, but thus far, few of their concerns have been given more than lip service. If this turns out to again be the case, don’t be too shocked if the fishing is even lighter as the Pacific Ocean die-off worsens, as confirmed by Global Research.
From there, of course, it moves up the food chain…right onto the dinner plate.
I wrote the solution to pollution by dilution is fallacious because radioactive elements bioconcentrate at each step of the food chain by orders of magnitude
— helen caldicott (@DrHCaldicott) May 22, 2018