Releasing Fukushima Radioactive Water Into Pacific ‘Inevitable’ – Contaminants Concentrating Thousands Of Times In Food Chain

Releasing Fukushima radioactive water into Pacific ‘inevitable’ — Reports: Japan very aware of danger posed by past releases; Contaminants are concentrated thousands of times in food chain; At end of chain are humans “who may suffer genetic damage, cancer, other health problems and even death” (ENENews, Dec 16, 2013):

Yomiuri Shimbun, Dec. 16, 2013: Release of water into sea inevitable after purification at Fukushima plant […] The government has been in lockstep with TEPCO in a project to create as early as possible “frozen-soil underground water shields” […] Given that the project has never been attempted anywhere else, the risk of the project encountering difficulties cannot be ruled out. […] The volume of contaminated water currently stored already amounts to nearly 400,000 tons. […] Should the tanks be destroyed because of a calamity such as a strong earthquake, there is a danger that a large quantity of contaminated water could spill from them, like the collapse of a dam.

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster : One of the World’s Worst-Ever Cases of Pollution, Professor Fumikazu Yoshida of Hokkaido University’s Graduate School of Economics, Economic Journal of Hokkaido University, March 2013: Now, the Nuclear Safety Commission has initially tolerated the dumping of radioactive contaminated water in the sea since they claim that it will be diluted. But even diluted in seawater contaminants will be concentrated thousands of times throughout the food chain. Such elementary knowledge concerning the environmental consequences of pollution […] is now apparently being forgotten. […]


The Fukushima Nuclear Power Station incident and marine pollution, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2012: […] The facts indicate that Japan had already been very aware of the potential danger and effects that the emission might cause […] there remains a certain potential nuclear radiation threat to the neighbouring countries of Japan […] In the long run, the radioactive wastewater will have severe effect on fish including reduction in reproductive capability, morphological abnormalities, leukopenia, anorexia, lethargy, growth depression, and hyperactivity (Forman, 1983; Lomio, 1979). […] Furthermore, the radioactive wastes once enter into the marine food chain will be harmful to various kinds of animals and finally human being themselves who may suffer genetic damage, cancer, other health problems and even death from the nuclear radiation, since the final consumers at the end of the chain are often human (Forman, 1983). […] the ocean-related economy in the bordering states may also suffer from the radioactive wastes. If, however, the potentially injured states wait until the material damage happens, in order to claim damages from Japan, it would probably be too late. […] the reasonable principle of imputation is that so long as there is sufficient evidence to prove that the acts of a state might cause serious damage to the long-term development of the marine environment, this state should bear the responsibility for transboundary harm. […]

Read the full article in the Marine Pollution Bulletin here (pdf)

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  1. Japan’s lack of action, its refusal to request help from those who might have been able to give it (Russia) and its endless lies has destroyed our food chain.
    Food chain is just the beginning, finding of safe food and water will be very difficult……the real problem will be safe places to live, breathe and survive………
    We may well be facing our own extinction thanks to the outright genocide by the Japanese. If we were ever a world of law instead of greedy instincts, something might have been done to stop this murdering of food and humans. But, nothing has been done, and the Pacific Ocean is dying…….over 3000 miles from Fukushima towards San Francisco is dead. We have a couple of thousand more miles, and the entire ocean will be 100% toxic and completely radioactive. It will be a nightmare beyond anything we can imagine.
    This site has been one of the few covering this important story, the greedy corporations have silenced the major networks they control. They lie, saying it will be too diluted by the time it gets here…….lie after lie, and no truth even dares to challenge them.
    If people do survive this genocide, I hope some of them recognize the evil of corporations, and disallow them in the future.
    I am just heartsick. I look at the beautiful San Francisco bay that has been part of my life since I was born, and it would be horrific to see it dead.
    For the first time, I am glad I won’t be alive to see it. All my life, I have studied history, and have often wondered what caused some of the great civilizations to vanish seemingly overnight. Greed is #1, disease #2, wars #3. I wonder how this one will be remembered if it is at all.

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