(Asia News) Fukushima, Japan- The unfortunate disaster also known as the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan in 2011 caused complications. One of the complications comes from the heavily damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. This caused the leakage of radioactive substances to the ocean and the land around it.
Ever since then, Japan has decided to store the water which has been contaminated in a thousand enormous water storage tanks which were built. Every day, frequent rain causes the amount of water to build up slowly and steadily. Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency predict that all the tanks will be full by mid-2022.
Therefore, they are finding a quick solution. Diluting the contaminated water and releasing it into the ocean is an approach to scale back short-term costs. But this awful action doesn’t consider environmental protection, nor public safety of Fukushima coastal communities.
When the news was released, many people around the world were appalled by Japan coming out with this as a solution. Many people started to protest against the decision.
However, some experts say that they can filter out more than 62 radioactive contaminants prior to the discharge. One of the only radioactive contaminant known as Tritium still remains. This is because it is very hard to separate because it is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, and so part of the water molecules themselves.
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