Is the Situation "Under Control"?
Japan marked 2.5 year anniversary of earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear accident on September 11th, 2013.
According to the National Police Agency of Japan, the death toll is up to15,883 while 2,654 individuals are still classified as missing. Two hunderd ninety thousand people remain evacuated, and returning home is still a dream for many. There are also 2,688 death after 3.11 disaster. Half of them are Fukushima residents. Such death is caused by health problems and suicides due to stress and struggles victims go through.
On Sep. 9th, Just two days after Tokyo won the bid to host the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo District Court dismissed a case of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Plaintiffs, who sued 33 TEPCO executives and Japanese government officials to be accountable for the Fukushima Nuclear Power Accident. Thousands of Fukushima residents have also filed compensation for damage from the accident. TEPCO requires victims to fill out pages of forms which are complicated and incomprehensible for the ordinary people. Thousands of cases are still on-going. However, they say the longer the time passes by, the lesser the chances they receive a compensation.
On the same day, TEPCO announced high levels of radiation including Strontium in groundwater at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. Strontium is a carcinogen and accumulates in bones to cause cancer. Groundwater showed radiation readings of 3,200 becquerels per liter. (The Japanese government limits of 100 beq/kg in food and 10 beq/l in dringking water.) TEPCO says leaks from tanks more likely flows out to sea.
Some critics suggest Japan to capping the shattered reactors in concrete. Is it possible?
ENE News reports,
Japanese officials said the large amounts of groundwater under the plant mean that just covering the reactors with concrete would fail to contain the spread of radiation. They also said giving up on a large portion of Fukushima was not an option in a densely populated country where land remains a scarce commodity.
But they also suggested that the reason for eschewing a Soviet-style option may be the fear that failure could turn a wary public even more decisively against Japan’s nuclear industry.
“If we just buried the reactors, no one would want to see the face of another nuclear power plant for years,” said Shunsuke Kondo, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, an advisory body in the Cabinet Office.
Yesterday, Tepco announced that Tritium levels sampled from a well near the storage tank that leaked 300 tons of highly radioactive water exceeded the legal limit of 60,000 becquerels per liter,
The problem in Fukushima is far more complex and far from "Under Control."
By WNSCR team