Japan May Dump Radioactive Fukushima Water into the Pacific

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Japan May Dump Radioactive Fukushima Water into the Pacific

Bella Trimmer, Staff Writer

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Eight years ago, Japan faced its worst ever nuclear disaster when a fifteen-meter tsunami, caused by a major earthquake, disabled the power supply and cooling of three Fukushima Daiichi reactors. The island nation has been picking up the pieces it left behind for years, but now, Japan’s environmental minister is saying that they may be forced to start dumping radioactive water the disaster left in its wake into the Pacific ocean, as they are running out of storage options for it.

Tens of thousands of tons of water have been pumped into the damaged plant over the years in order to cool fuel cores, and once the water is used, it becomes contaminated and then put into storage. That storage space is nearly all gone, and Yoshiaki Hirada, the environmental minister, says that they may have to “release it into the ocean and dilute it” because “there are no other options.”

While no official decision has been made on the matter yet, this could have a huge ecological impact on the Pacific ocean, killing local wildlife and forever damaging the ecosystem of the area the waste is dumped into.

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