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Is it really OK if Japan dumps radioactive fukushima water into the ocean?

Hazardous Waste Management

Japanese government announced recently that Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) will have to dump radioactive water from its crippled Fukushima nuclear power plants into the Pacific Ocean. The government seems to have good reasons for doing this.

  • The funny thing is that putting water with tritium in the ocean is actually the best way to handle it. And that’s because it’s contaminated mainly with tritium, the least radioactive, and least harmful, of all radioactive elements.
  • It indeed have been chemistry experts who have suggested slowly releasing the tritium-contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean over about a ten-year period. According to them, concentrating it and containerizing it actually causes more of a potential hazard to people and the environment.
  • The health risks of tritium-contaminated water are so low that all the countries of the world have no idea what regulatory limits to put on it.