Takashi Kawamura, chairman of TEPCO.
Takashi Kawamura, the chain-smoking, rotten toothed, chairman of TEPCO, stated on July 14th, 2017, that, “The decision has already been made” regarding the release of 770,000 tonnes of Tritium contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean.” Kawamura added, “TEPCO is waiting for approval from the Japanese government before going ahead with the plan and is seeking the understanding of local residents.
According to Japanese Nuclear Regulatory Agency Chairman, Shunichi Tanaka, Tritium is “relatively harmless to humans.” According to Tanaka, “Dumping tritium-contaminated water into the sea is not an uncommon practice at nuclear power plants.” Regardless as to what Tanaka states, Tritium contaminates nearly all fish caught in Fukushima. The fish is then sold throughout the world for human consumption. So, how safe is Tritium anyway?
Tritium is known as Hydrogen-3, and has the element symbol T or 3H. The nucleus of a tritium atom is called a triton, and consists of three particles, a proton and two neutrons. Tritium decays via beta particle emission, with a half-life of 12.3 years. The beta decay releases 18 keV of energy, where tritium decays into helium-3 and beta particles. Trace amounts of tritium occur naturally when cosmic rays interact with Earth’s atmosphere. Most tritium that exists today is generated from neutron activation of lithium-6 in a nuclear reactor. Tritium is produced by nuclear fission of uranium-235, uranium-233, and polonium-239. In the U.S., tritium is produced at a nuclear facility in Savannah, Georgia. Approximately only 225kg of tritium had been produced in the U.S. Japan has produced 770,000 tonnes of Tritium, and this figured only covers what has been contained. This does not include what TEPCO has dumped into the Pacific Ocean for the past six years.
Like Hydrogen, Tritium exists as an odorless and colorless gas, but is mainly found in liquid form as part of tritiated water or T2O. Tritium in the liquid form is heavy, toxic, and unusable water. Despite the lies from the nuclear industry that Tritium is safe, it poses health risks if ingested, inhaled, or enters the body through an open wound or injection. Because beta particles are a form of ionizing radiation, the expected health effect from internal exposure to tritium would be an elevated risk of developing cancer.
Tritium is used as a component in nuclear weapons, as a radioactive label in chemistry lab work, as a tracer for biological and environmental studies, and for controlled nuclear fusion. Tritiated water can be traced, and used as a tool to monitor the hydrologic cycle and to map ocean currents.
High levels of tritium were released into the environment from nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s and 1960s. Prior to the tests, only 3 to 4 kg of tritium existed on Earth’s surface. After testing, the levels rose 200-300%. Today, because of TEPCO, that amount is thousands, upon thousands of times higher.
A fraction of storage containers that are filled with radiation contaminated water which are to be dumped into the Pacific Ocean.
Tritium has been building up in water that has been used to cool three reactors that suffered fuel melt-downs after cooling equipment was destroyed during the earthquake, and tsunami that occurred on 3.11.11. Around 770,000 tonnes of highly radioactive water is stored in 580 tanks at the site. A tonne is equivalent to 2,204.6 pounds. According to TEPCO, many of the contaminants can be filtered out, but the technology does not presently exist to remove tritium from water. There also exists no proof whatsoever that TEPCO filtered any of the strontium, cesium, or other highly dangerous forms of radiation from the stored containers. Given the companies laundry list of recklessness, cover ups, and deception, one should assume dumping the radiation contaminated water into the Pacific will be catastrophic.
“This accident happened more than six years ago and the authorities should have been able to devise a way to remove the tritium instead of simply announcing that they are going to dump it into the ocean”, said Aileen Mioko-Smith, an anti-nuclear campaigner with Kyoto-based Green Action Japan. “They say that it will be safe because the ocean is large so it will be diluted, but that sets a precedent that can be copied, essentially permitting anyone to dump nuclear waste into our seas”, Mioko-Smith told The Telegraph.
Fishermen who operate in waters off the plant say the release of any more radioactive material will devastate their industry, which is still struggling to recover from the initial nuclear disaster.” Releasing Tritium into the sea will create a new wave of unfounded rumors, making all our efforts for naught,” Kanji Tachiya, the head of a local fishing cooperative, told Kyodo News. The idea that anyone has fished off of the shores of that region of the world for the past six years should already be alarming to anyone. Much of the fish that are caught in that region are not tested at all for radiation. The fish is then sold to agencies that sell it to the Japanese government, who then places it in compulsory lunches for public school children. Despite how Japanese treat their own children, dozens of countries, including the European Union, ban fish exported from Fukushima.
Storage containers en route to Namie, Fukushima.
TEPCO’s over-budget, and often delayed efforts to recover its former plant has been the subject of controversy for a number of reasons. Due to residual nuclear fuel, parts of the plant are so radioactive that they have destroyed robots that were specifically designed to survive in the deadly environment. Toshiba recently announced it would send a new robot called, “little sunfish” into the reactors, and “survey” the flooded areas of the plant. It must be noted that to date, no device has yet to return from Fukushima’s atomic abyss.
The cheap cost of nuclear fuel
Masahiro Imamura, a Liberal Democratic Party cabinet member, and head of the recovery effort for the Tohoku region, screamed at a reporter who criticized the government’s refusal to compensate thousands of refugees. Imamura said he, “became emotional” after a journalist pressed him on the government’s role in assisting the “voluntary evacuees.” Of the estimated 150,000 who initially fled, about 13% have chosen to return. The Japanese government continues to relentlessly pressure those who have not, while simultaneously pledging “greater investment” in Fukushima’s infrastructure, which to date has not happened. Meanwhile the government also withdrew subsidies provided to the refugees, and their families.
The government cut housing funds as of July 15th, 2017 to the “voluntary evacuees,” who Imamura said should bear “self-responsibility for their own decisions.” When one reporter pointed out that many were still in need of assistance, and pressed Imamura for a “responsible answer,” that is when the official flipped out. “I’m doing my job in a responsible manner. How rude you are!” Imamura yelled. “You should retract what you’ve just said. Get out!” he added. “Never come here again!” Imamura’s rant ended when he told another reporter to “shut up,” and thereafter left the conference.
TEPCO has paid approximately 188,000,000 USD in the recovery process, which has hit multiple obstacles while attempting to clean up the “unimaginable” levels of radiation that persists in the plant’s radioactive cores.
Despite TEPCO’s plan to release contaminated water, approximately 300 tons of untreated, contaminated water, as run off leaches into the Pacific Ocean on a daily basis.
Regional radiation stored in conventional plastic bags.
One of many Kawauchi contaminated soil storage sites.
TEPCO’s long-standing ties to the underworld
TEPCO has long-standing ties to anti-social networks which include powerful yakuza Some members of the Diet, Japan’s national legislatures, feel TEPCO is beyond salvation, and needs to be taken over, and cleaned up. A Japanese Senator with the Liberal Democratic Party stated, “TEPCO’s involvement with anti-social forces and their inability to filter them out of the work-place is a national security issue. It is one reason that increasingly in the Diet we are talking de facto nationalization of the company. Nuclear energy shouldn’t be in the hands of the yakuza. They’re gamblers, and an intelligent person doesn’t want them to have atomic dice to play with.”
Former yakuza magazine editor, Tomohiko Suzuki calls the nuclear business, industrial, political, and media complex the “nuclear mafia.” The book, Yakuza and The Nuclear Industry: Diary of An Undercover Reporter Working at the Fukushima Plant, is generating renewed examination of Japan’s “dark empire,” and its ties to the underworld. It presents more solid pieces of evidence that Japan’s nuclear industry is a black hole of criminal malfeasance, incompetence, and corruption.
Police sources are entirely aware that yakuza have supplied labor to TEPCO, not just in the past six years, but for decades. In the Japanese underworld, the nuclear industry is the last refuge for those who have nowhere to go. One yakuza explains it as, “Otoko wa Genpatsu, Onna was Seifuzoku.”
Meaning, “When a man has no other place to turn to for survival, it’s the nuclear industry; for a woman, it’s the sex industry.”
The Fukushima plant is located where Sumiyoshi-kai reside. The Sumiyoshi-kai is the second largest yakuza group in Japan, with roughly 12,000 members. One executive in the organization defends the role of his members in the Fukushima disaster. “The accident isn’t our fault,” he said. “It’s TEPCO’s fault. We’ve always been a necessary evil in the work process. In fact, if some of our men hadn’t stayed to fight the meltdown, the situation would have been far worse. TEPCO employees, and the Nuclear Industry Safety Agency inspectors are the ones who fled. We stood our ground.”
The following link is TEPCO’s Timeline as to the events that transpired since 3.11.11. http://tepco.co.jp/en/decommissiontraject/index-e.html.
If you want to voice your opinion as to what has happened in Fukushima over the past six years, contact the information listed below.
Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority
1-9-9, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
The Nuclear Regulation’s stranglehold on Japan.