By Kristen Johnson

On Tuesday Japan went all in and approved plans of releasing 1.25 million tons of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean from a nuclear power plant that was destroyed during a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami back in 2011. 

These two acts of God cut power to the Fukushima Power Plant which triggered core meltdowns in 3 reactors. In order to cool the reactors they used over a million tons of water. So now they have all this water stored above ground in tanks that they would like to make the Pacific Ocean their trash can.

Ideas of how to get rid of the contaminated water have been in the works for years and the Japanese government decided releasing it into the ocean is going to be the best way to remove it. But have no fear, they are going to “treat” it with some sort of advanced liquid processing system that will remove “most of the radioactive material” 

Do you prefer your fish glowing? This project will take approximately two years to get up and running and is expected to take many years to complete. This process will remove certain radioactive materials while leaving behind tritium. However there is an extreme lack of uniform standards in regards to exactly how much tritium is safe… My guess is none! 

Russia along with other neighboring countries have expressed concern over Japan’s plan because of lack of transparency. China and South Korea are among those who are also concerned calling this move “highly irresponsible” and “unacceptable.” 

Japan stated that, “Tritium is fairly harmless in low concentrations and releasing the water gradually into the ocean will allow for the contaminant to be diluted below World Health Organisation-recommended healthy levels.” Take note of the wording here “fairly harmless”?!

A spokesman from China’s Foreign Ministry went as far as challenging Japan’s prime minister to drink said treated water from the power plant. I look forward to seeing how this plays out.

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