Japan’s nuclear regulator has maintained its view that multiple blasts occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant’s No.3 reactor following the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. It is often pointed out that tritium absorbed through food has negative effects on cells and damages DNA. It is a source of shame, even in one of the worst natural disasters to strike Japan. As it stands, says the report, it looks like 72% of the water currently in storage tanks will have to be processed again – and questions remain as to how effective this will be. Posted by dunrenard | Non-Olympic sites throughout Japan averaged 7.0 times greater beta activity than the Tokyo Olympic venues. Some suggested alternatives include evaporating the water into the atmosphere or mixing it into concrete and storing it underground. As we explain above, there are many problems about the disposal of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean. Fukushima 2020 | 2021 Olympics, Fairwinds, Fukushima Radiation | Most of the tritium present in the FDNPP was assumed to have been produced by ternary fission. The Japanese PM Suga is still saying the Olympics will go ahead regardless of the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic and the continuing threat of the broken and leaking nuclear plants in Fukushima. Of these, 453,391 are children — none born at the time of the accident. 2016). The council has also conducted tests to monitor the level of tritium in Taiwan’s surrounding waters and found that current levels are normal, it said. Recorded on October 30, 2020, November 15, 2020 The route to the rooms involves stepping over detritus from the disaster and squeezing along improvised staircases. Pumping of water from the sub-drain (from Sep. 2015). It took 11 days to extinguish. “The possibility of ingestion of tritium in humans will increase and since this isotope will distribute in all organs in humans and long.” Radioactivity monitoring in fish and other aquatic life in near vicinity (coastal areas) and drinking water will be necessary. Contaminated water that could soon be released into the sea from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant contains radioactive carbon with the … Leave a Reply Cancel reply. They claim that tritium, the main remaining radionuclide after processing, will dilute, emphasising the fact that it is relatively harmless to humans. Akimoto Kimio, the head of the Futaba district forestry cooperative. Activist groups like Greenpeace believe the water should be stored long-term until technology is developed to filter it further, an option rejected by Japan's government. But after nine years and eight months, it returned to Tomioka on November 4. This approach was recommended by scientific advisers and approved by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Nevertheless, on a strict morality basis, and as importantly, for worldwide opinion purposes, banning should be honoured whether from sea or land so as not to compromise the spirit of the treaty, meaning, no radioactive waste should ever be dumped into the ocean. In point of fact, controlling the radioactive water has been, and remains, a logistical nightmare. The extremely delicate task of removing it will not be tested at full-scale until 2021, with the end of the process not expected before 2040 or 2050 at best. 2. At the height of the difficult ice wall construction, the number was 8,000. Unattended areas of woodland can pose various risks, including fires. Fukushima 2020 | 311, Explosion, Fukushima Daiichi, Unit 3 | As of March 24, 2016, 7.6 × 1014 Bq was in the storage tanks at the FDNPP site, 2.7 × 1013 Bq in the reactor building(R/B), and estimated 1.8 × 1015 Bq was released outside the reactor or in debris (Table 1)9,10. The power plant has been shut down since it experienced a nuclear meltdown in 2011 after Japan was hit by a massive tsunami and earthquake, and it currently stores more than 1 million cubic meters of water containing tritium, a radioactive variant of hydrogen. or. Headline photo: Workers at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station work among underground water storage pools on 17 April 2013. Read more Stricken Fukushima plant’s dangerous atomic fuel being pulled from site after 8 years ALPS is supposed to eliminate other radioactive materials. The 3H observed in sump water ranged from 15 to 31 Bq/L and was almost constant (average 20 Bq/L). Post by @RedEyeMediaGrp. The highest tritium concentration in precipitation was estimated 10 days after the accident at 1342 TU (equivalent to 158 Bq/L)13. Posted by dunrenard | Buesseler's research has also shown that Fukushima is still leaking radioactive material into the ocean in Japan, with the levels off the Japanese coast between 10 to 100 times higher than the levels off the US West Coast today. On 21 October 2020, Japan provided the IAEA with a copy of a report on the discharge record and the seawater monitoring results at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station during September, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent to all international Missions in Japan. Keep trying. 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"But there are quite a few radioactive contaminants still in those tanks that we need to ... "Opening the floodgates at Fukushima," Science (2020). “A 2013 report predicts that for populations living in the most affected areas there is a 70 per cent higher risk of developing thyroid cancer for girls exposed as infants, a 7 per cent higher of leukemia in males exposed as infants, a 6 per cent higher risk of breast cancer in women and 4 per cent higher risk, overall, of developing solid cancers for females,” Misra told PTI. Tritium (3H, T1/2 12.3 y.) But this choice haunts him, the first responders, and the former staff of that hospital still. The site at Fukushima is still leaking radiation at a level of 300 tons of radioactive waste a day. ), The IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) approves it. According to knowledgeable sources with boots on the ground in Japan, leaked internal TEPCO documents have shown that efforts to reduce radionuclides to non-detect levels have not entirely eliminated numerous radioactive elements, including iodine, ruthenium, rhodium, antimony, tellurium, cobalt and strontium. After all, even assuming that TEPCO is able to remove the most dangerous isotopes, like Stronium-90, leaving only tritium, similar to all radioactive substances, tritium is: (2) a mutagen (causes genetic mutation) and. Japan is willing to work with South Korea on the monitoring of the envisioned treatment and release into the ocean of contaminated water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant, a senior embassy official said Friday.The official’s remark comes as Tokyo is expected to soon announce its plan to gradually discharge into the sea more than 1.2 million tons of radioactive water stored in tanks since the 2011 meltdowns following an earthquake and tsunami.Tokyo has pushed for the disposal into the Pacific Ocean, saying that the storage capacity will run out by the summer of 2022 and that it’s the most realistic and relatively harmless disposal method. (There is nothing positive about that rationale. Better yet, shut down before meltdown. His cooperative used to have 20 workers. The concentration of 3H on June 2014 was 10 Bq/L, but it exceeded 3000 Bq/L in April 2016 and has been gradually decreasing since then to approximately 1400 Bq/L in 2019. Pictured: a rally in front of the Japanese Diet on October 27, 2020. Miri's novel "Tokyo Ueno Station" has won the National Book Award 2020 … As 2020 is the year the Olympics and Paralympics come to Japan, this is an exciting time for sports and for the people of Japan. In reality, however, the situation is not under control even now. Those entering the control rooms must wear clothing designated for the "yellow zone"—protective suit, three pairs of gloves, three pairs of socks, boots, a full face mask and a helmet. At present, after decontamination by an Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS), the contaminated water is stored in tanks at the nuclear site. The Japanese Government and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which runs the site, have said the main radionuclide remaining in the wastewater is tritium, an isotope of hydrogen. Groundwater from the surrounding mountains that seeped into the facility and generated massive amounts of radioactive liquid has long been a major concern. This is not acceptable. The Japanese government justifies dumping the radioactive water into the ocean on the following grounds: However, many scientists claim tritium, as well as other radionuclides, will never be completely removed from the water in storage tanks, certainly not enough to satisfy the scrutiny of critics. However, insisting that “discharge” is different from “disposal”, the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) has tried to approve dumping into the ocean without consensus. The released amount was estimated to be approximately 520 PBq1, with radioactive iodine (mainly 131I), radioactive cesium (134Cs, 137Cs), and noble gases such as 133Xe accounting for most of the released amount. But land [see picture] immediately adjacent to their property is EMPTY and too radioactive to be sold. Yudhyavir Singh, assistant professor of anaesthesia and critical care at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, said the risks will depend entirely on the amount of the contaminants present in the nuclear wastewater and their nature. Astonishingly, to remove the contaminated water, the Japanese government and TEPCO plan to dispose of it by dumping it into the Pacific Ocean. Photo by Emiliano Arano on Pexels.com ... 1 thought on “Fukushima Nine Years Later and Still Leaking” Pingback: Fukushima Nine Years Later and Still Leaking – TREMG. Still, she says, that doesn’t help to raise hope amid the coronavirus pandemic and the delayed recovery of the disaster-hit Fukushima region. After filtration, the water still contains a significant amount of tritium, which cannot be removed with current technology. Akimoto, 72, heads a local forestry cooperative that was relocated elsewhere in the prefecture following the nuclear accident. Chernobyl is a prime example of this latent impact of radioactive exposure, to wit: A BBC special report, “The True Toll of the Chernobyl Disaster,” dated July 26 2019 explains: “The official, internationally recognised death toll, just 31 people died as an immediate result of Chernobyl while the UN estimates that only 50 deaths can be directly attributed to the disaster.” Keep those two numbers of deaths, 31 and 50, in mind while reading ahead. However, he also remarked that the decision per se is within the domain of sovereignty, making it clear that Japan has no intention of discussing the issue. By summer of 2022, the 1,000 huge storage tanks will reach their full capacity, and the water will be treated, diluted, and released into the Pacific Ocean over several decades, the reports said. “Tritium is a beta emitter with low energy so causes damage to the DNA leading to genetic damage and affecting reproductions.” It will depend upon the radioisotopes contaminants in the water. The radioactivity of the water was at least one eighth. This is great.’ It is a major step toward my long-held, earnest desire for nuclear weapons to be banned, and eliminated,” he said. September 12, 2020 September 12, 2020 Kaleidoscope's House of Broken Glass. The concentration of 3H in the sump water collected at the sites indicated by asterisks in Fig. 3 is shown in Fig. 4. Some of its most prized pine trees, more than 50 years old, have died. Leave a comment. The fact that tritium has been continuously detected in groundwater from the bypass installed upstream of FDNPP even after the completion of the water barrier (frozen wall) does not mean that tritium in the groundwater flows to the sea. A purification system is treating the water, known as the Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS), and the filtering process therein is said to remove around 62 radioactive contaminants, according to an October report in NewScientist. Once the water is released into the ocean, it would be advisable to move and stay away from the coastal area in the region while completely avoiding seafood, added Yudhavir Singh, who has several publications on critical care and is a renowned researcher too. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters Fukushima 2020 | Fukushima Daiichi, Greenpeace, Radioactive Water, Shaun Bernie | RE: Are the defunct reactors at Fukushima still leaking radiation [and radioactive materials]? Fukushima remembered, three years later 21 photos TOKYO -- After battling radioactive water leaks for five years at Japan's crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi … At the end of its atomic-scale trip it delivers most of its ionising energy in one relatively confined track rather than shedding energy along its path like higher-energy particles. The current Japanese government still has faith in nuclear power and wishes to increase the amount of energy produced by NPPs by 20-22% before 2030. 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