More than one million tonnes of radioactively contaminated water has already accumulated at the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant site, stored in steel tanks and increasing in volume daily — by some accounts one new tank is added every four days. Space to store it is rapidly running out. So far, the only “plan” TEPCO has come up with to deal with the problem is to dump the water into the Pacific Ocean. The water is accumulating in part because about 150 tonnes of groundwater seeps daily through cracks in the stricken reactors’ foundations, thereby becoming contaminated with radioactive isotopes. In addition, water flows down the surrounding hillsides onto the site, picks up radiation, and must be captured and stored on site. TEPCO has so far been pumping the contaminated water through a filtering system that can only remove cesium and strontium. But the process creates a highly toxic sludge as a byproduct, which also has to be stored in sealed canisters on site.
Beyond Nuclear 11th Sept 2018 read more »
Japan is inviting athletes from around the world to come to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. We hope for peaceful and fair games. At the same time we are worried, because competitions are planned in the capital of Fukushima Prefecture, the site of the 2011 nuclear disaster. Olympic baseball and softball games are to be held in Fukushima City -only 50 km away from the damaged nuclear power plant at Fukushima Dai-ichi which had multiple explosions and meltdowns . Radioactive fallout then irradiated Japan and the surrounding ocean – comparable only with the nuclear catastrophe at Chernobyl in 1986.
IPPNW 16th July 2018 read more »