IAEA Approves Release Of Radioactive Water From Fukushima Plant After More Than A Decade
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Japan has received the go-ahead from the International Atomic Energy Agency to release radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant damaged in the 2011 quake and tsunami, in the video published on July 4, 2023, by CBC News, as “IAEA approves release of radioactive water from Fukushima plant“, below:
Dr. Robert Richmond joined Wake Up 2Day to answer a few questions about the radioactive wastewater dump. Dr. Richmond is a marine biologist and a UH-Manoa research professor with over four decades of experience on such matters. He was one of five on an independent panel of consultants to the Pacific islands due to their global expertise on nuclear issues pertaining to marine life. This panel of experts unanimously decided that that this plan to release the wastewater should be tabled for now, until it can be reasonably assumed to not be detrimental to marine life across the Pacific, in the video published on July 6, 2023, by KHON2 News, as “How will release of Fukushima treated radioactive water affect Hawaii“, below:
To better understand Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (福島第一原子力発電所, Fukushima Daiichi Genshiryoku Hatsudensho, Fukushima number 1 nuclear power plant) is a disabled nuclear power plant located on a 3.5-square-kilometre (860-acre) site in the towns of Ōkuma and Futaba in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. The plant suffered major damage from the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011. The chain of events caused radiation leaks and permanently damaged several of its reactors, making them impossible to restart. The working reactors were not restarted after the events.
First commissioned in 1971, the plant consists of six boiling water reactors. These light water reactors drove electrical generators with a combined power of 4.7 GWe, making Fukushima Daiichi one of the 15 largest nuclear power stations in the world. Fukushima was the first nuclear plant to be designed, constructed, and run in conjunction with General Electric and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).
The March 2011 disaster disabled the reactor cooling systems, leading to releases of radioactivity and triggering a 30 km (19 mi) evacuation zone surrounding the plant; the releases continue to this day. On April 20, 2011, the Japanese authorities declared the 20 km (12 mi) evacuation zone a no-go area which may only be entered under government supervision.
In November 2011, the first journalists were allowed to visit the plant. They described a scene of devastation in which three of the reactor buildings were destroyed; the grounds were covered with mangled trucks, crumpled water tanks and other debris left by the tsunami; and radioactive levels were so high that visitors were only allowed to stay for a few hours.
In April 2012, Units 1–4 were shut down. Units 2–4 were shut down on April 19, while Unit 1 was the last of these four units to be shut down on April 20 at midnight. In December 2013 TEPCO decided none of the undamaged units will reopen.
In April 2021, the Japanese government approved the discharge of radioactive water, which has been treated to remove radionuclides other than tritium, into the Pacific Ocean over the course of 30 years.
The sister nuclear plant Fukushima Daini (“number two“), 12 km (7.5 mi) to the south, is also run by TEPCO. It also suffered serious damage during the tsunami, at the seawater intakes of all four units, but was successfully shut down and brought to a safe state. See the timeline of the Fukushima II nuclear accidents.
Japanese regulators are doing final inspections before giving a greenlight to the release of treated radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean. The plan to release the wastewater has faced fierce opposition, in Japan and across the region. People are even panic-buying salt, in the video published on July 7, 2023, by DW News, as “Japan about to release radioactive Fukushima water into the ocean | DW News“, below:
In the video published on July 5, 2023, by South China Morning Post, as “Why fears remain about Japan’s plan to release treated Fukushima nuclear plant water into the sea“, below:
Japan is set to begin pumping out more than a million tons of treated water from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant this summer, a process that will take decades to complete, in the video published on July 4, 2023, by Reuters, as “How Japan plans to release Fukushima water into the sea“, below:
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