Japan has to choose between two evils. Since a tsunami struck the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant on the East coast of the country, the Japanese prefecture of Fukushima has had to deal with a severely contaminated nuclear power plant, and 900 tanks filled with radioactive water that need to be pumped from the station everyday. It is a costly vicious circle, and the amount of stored water just keeps growing. In order to solve the problem for good, the Japanese government has been advised to gradually release some of that water into the Pacific Ocean. The radioactive water has been treated and drained from harmful chemicals. The only radioactive element remaining is tritium, which experts think is safe in small amounts. However, if the tanks were struck by another tsunami, unregulated amounts of tritium could contaminate the water and cause more damage. Tokyo Electric Power Co. – TEPCO – is the utility in charge of the plant. Another expert panel advised they dilute the water up to 50 times and release about 400 tonnes to the sea everyday. It would take about 10 years to complete the task. TEPCO’s chairman Takashi Kawamura initially supported this plan, but his decision outraged… Read full this story
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