Six months after a panel of experts recommended dumping radioactive water from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean, a researcher says the plan overlooks the variety of radioactive contaminants in the water and the harm they could do. In an article published this week in the journal Science, Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution said despite a treatment process, the water stored in 1,000 tanks still contains radioactive isotopes like carbon-14, cobalt-60, ruthenium-106 and strontium-90, in addition to relatively harmless tritium.
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Fukushima’s Contaminated Wastewater Could Be Too Risky to Dump in the Ocean. Almost a decade ago, the Tohoku-oki earthquake and tsunami triggered an explosion at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, causing the most severe nuclear accident since Chernobyl and releasing an unprecedented amount of radioactive contamination in the ocean. In the years since, there’s been a drawn out cleanup process, and water radiation levels around the plant have fallen to safe levels everywhere except for in the areas closest to the now-closed plant. But as a study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution published in Science on Thursday shows, there’s another growing hazard: contaminated wastewater.
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Contaminant Mixture in Fukushima Wastewater Highlights the Risks of Ocean Dumping.
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