Remember that devastating nuclear meltdown in Fukushima back in 2011?
Remember all the reports about radioactive contamination leaking into local bodies of water and eventually spreading far and wide?
Well, despite all the concerning reports, it seems the company hired to manage the cleanup has decided to—quite simply—dump 770,000 tons of contaminated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.
The 580 barrels of water contain tritium, a substance which made its way into fluids that were used to cool down the plant’s reactors after being struck by the massive tsunami.
Even though tritium is only considered harmful to humans in large quantities, outraged members of the public aren’t happy.
The head of a fisherman cooperative in Japan, Kanji Tachiya, said that “releasing [tritium] into the sea will create a new wave of unfounded rumors, making our efforts all for naught.”
Indeed, public perceptions about the health of local food and water supplies can have devastating effects on economies, but the chairman of the company responsible is unconcerned.
“The decision has already been made,” said Takashi Kawamura of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).
TEPCO was hired to manage and clean the radioactive mess emanating from Fukushima.
“We cannot keep going if we do not have the support of the state,” added Kawamura, urging opposition to not interfere.
Some experts have concluded that the levels of tritium to be dumped are insufficient to pose dangers to the public.
NRA chairman Tanaka described it as “so weak in its radioactivity it won’t penetrate plastic wrapping.”
As we reported earlier, although the nuclear disaster at Fukushima happened 5 years ago, the impacts are still strongly felt by the people who live there today. There has been a significant increase in birth defects, stillbirths, and miscarriages since the disaster, and the problem is persisting, if not getting worse.