What with everything else that has been going on around the globe, wars and such, the Japanese nuclear catastrophe has been pushed down the news agenda. The reactor is still leaking and contaminating the surrounding area and beyond, U.S. authorities detected trace amounts of radioactive material on the West Coast last week.
Now The Japanese government has said they plan to dump 11,500 tons of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant at sea as a 'safety measure'.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company says the water to be discharged into the sea is only weakly radioactive so that's okay then, it's only weakly radioactive.
Surely Japan can't just dump radioactive material into the sea?
We all should have a say in whether they can dump this waste in the sea, how do we know it is only weakly radioactive and what does weakly radioactive mean?
There have been so many mixed messages from this catastrophe, how do we know we can trust them because they haven't been all that forthcoming so far and how do we know what affect this amount of waste will have? Where are Greenpeace because i will be interested in what they have to say about this plan. Does radiation even get diluted once in water or will it just spread the risk around other countries coastlines? What about the food chain?
I feel for the victims of this disaster, but surely dumping 11,500 tonnes of radiation into the sea is just madness and yet another example of why the sooner we rid ourselves of nuclear, the better.