Is it really OK if Japan dumps radioactive fukushima water into the ocean? - cleantech perspectives @ Clixoo
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.
Moo: How strange! Mix it in the ocean and it is less harmful than containerizing and sealing it!
Xoo: Is it, Moo?
Moo: Well, I’ll damned if it isn’t. Just imagine how many living things – fish & others, and the entire food chain that starts in the sea - will be consuming it
Xoo: What you say is irrefutable. But the Japan's logic has a lot to do with the concentration, Moo.
Moo: You are referring to our minds at work, Xoo?
Xoo: I refer to concentration in its original meaning, Moo – the proportion present
Moo: What about it?
Xoo: Just try to imagine, Moo. I concentrate it, seal it, and keep it on land and some unforeseen even (the Fukushima event itself was unforeseen) spills all these out. The location where the spills occur could face devasting effects, because of the concentration of the spill. But the ocean, Moo, is vast. If I can dispose it in such a manner that it is spread over a large area, well, it could be a lot less harmful. Imagine a gram of cyanide in a litre of water & the same dissolved in a million litres.
Moo: You have a point indeed, Xoo, but we are assuming that such a low concentration could be achieved in sea water. Remeber Exxon Valdex spill?
Xoo: Who wouldn’t remember, Moo? But Exxon spill wasn’t a planned exercise! Besides Moo, here we are talking about Japanese. When it comes to meticulousness & discipline, they might as well be considered to belong to a different species altogether!
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