The fallout from the Fukushima disaster is far from over, and it’s about to get a lot worse.Despite stringent claims from those responsible that there has been no damage to the environment since the disaster, the local seas have been damage severely, according to local fishermen.
And the company that are in charge of the clean-up are about to dump a further 77,000 tons of water tainted with tritium, a byproduct of the nuclear process that is notoriously difficult to filter out of water, into the Pacific Ocean as part of a multibillion-dollar recovery effort following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.
They claim that it won’t make a difference to the water’s ecosystem, despite tritium being a dangerous substance to human when found in large quantities. They say that the ocean is big enough to envelop the waste without doing any harm to those who rely on the waters for a life source.
The tritium is being dumped because while radioactive waste is usually filtered before it is ‘disposed of’, tritium is impossible to remove from the water.
Kanji Tachiya, head of the local fishing collective said “releasing [tritium] into the sea will create a new wave of unfounded rumors, making our efforts all for naught.”
The fishermen are the ones who have witnessed the damage from the disaster first hand. Fish shoals have been depleted and fish with irregularities and tumors have been reported.
While Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) claim that their decision will not impact the local environment, this doesn’t seem like a move that has been made with people and animal’s safety at the forefront.
While apologies were made after the disaster for the fallout and damage to the environment, it seems that the companies that are at the highest risk of endangering the environment are the ones who are the most careless.