How Japan Can Stop Dumping Radioactive Water in Our Ocean

Ocean Currents off Japan's North East Coast

Ocean Currents off Japan's North East Coast

The release of radioactivity from Fukushima–both as atmospheric fallout and direct discharges to the ocean–represents the largest accidental release of radiation to the ocean in history,” according to a National Science Foundation synopsis of a study.

As of February 2012, the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is still leaking radiation.

Still Leaking seriously April 2013: “Damaged Nuclear Plant in Japan Leaks Toxic Water (“120 tons, or almost 32,000 gallons, of highly contaminated water”)

This explains a simple solution to capture and store all the Radioactive Water from Fukushima until it can be taken away from the dangerous site and decontaminated – Safely, Easily, and Inexpensively.

December 2011: “New Leak of Highly Radioactive Water Hits Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

After the Japanese Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown in March 2011, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) officials ran out of storage for the contaminated water — so without thinking twice they just dumped some 12,000 tons of radioactive water into the ocean in April – and as of today plan to continue doing this.

In addition, TEPCO still does not have the melted reactor systems contained and radioactive water continues to leak from unknown places — “A suspected hole from the melting of fuel in unit 1 has allowed water to leak in an unknown path from unit 1.

This has endangered fishing grounds, perhaps for years or decades – and no one knows how far away that contamination will drift. Nor do we have any idea how the radioactive material will bioaccumulate on the ocean bottom. TEPCO officials now admit that as much as 220 tons of highly radioactive water “may” have leaked into the ocean already. (The earlier 12,000 tons of water released to the ocean was allegedly less radioactive.)

April 5, 2011: Fish caught 50 miles off the coast of Japan had radioactivity exceeding safe levels.

Because of the extreme political pressure on top of the systematic incompetence that led to the three of our civilized world’s largest Nuclear Reactor Meltdowns, it is likely that the extreme stress is preventing government and industry officials from making good decisions.

If TEPCO officials or the Japanese Government had taken a moment to think about it, there is a very simple solution that can easily hold many times the amount of water they dumped (millions of gallons), until the water can be properly decontaminated. The are called “flexible barges.”

Giant “flexible barge” water bags can hold all the contaminated water, which can be stored just offshore of the Fukushima plant or towed to other locations for decontamination – rapidly, safely and cheaply.

TV Crew on Giant Water Bag

TV Crew on Giant Water Bag

One small flexible barge (700,000 gallons) could easily hold ten times the 220 tons of highly radioactive water that has already leaked. Several large water barges can be hooked together as a train to handle the 12,000 tons of contaminated water. The barges would then get towed to a protected harbor where the contaminated water could be treated calmly and safely.

Yes, there really is a simple solution. But recognizing a good solution takes people who are not under tremendous stress.

That’s where you come in. Your job is just to talk about this solution – to one person at a time.

Considering the “Six Degrees of Separation” it should soon get to the responsible officials in government, NGOs and industry.

Now its your turn.

Who could you mention this Solution to first?

One company which makes these bags is Spragg Bags.

SpraggBagThe bags can be rolled up for airplane delivery and quickly put to work with almost no training.


“Fukushima Ocean Radiation Was 50 Million Times Above Normal, But No Threat: Scientists” – Jeff McMahon, Forbes, 12/12/2011

Japan nuclear plant releases radioactive water into sea, BBC, 4 April 2011

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