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Sunday, January 31, 2016

And in Other Ecocide News ...

Fukushima is still leaking radioactive water into the Pacific.

According to a 2013 study by the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center in Norway, the first radioactive oceanic plume released by Fukushima is likely to hit the US's West Coast in force in 2017, with levels expected to peak in 2018. According to the report, the majority of the radioactive material from the disaster is expected to stay concentrated along the West Coast through at least 2026. 
Even though that plume hasn't yet hit, the spread of radiation has already been substantial. Professor Michio Aoyama of Japan's Fukushima University Institute of Environmental Radioactivity believes the amount of radiation that has now reached North America is probably nearly as much as was spread over Japan during the initial disaster. A recent Woods Hole study shows a 50 percent increase in radiation levels 1,600 miles west of San Francisco, but states that the levels are still far below what the US government considers dangerous. 
However, Caldicott takes issue with what the United States considers a "safe" level of radiation exposure. "There are no safe levels of radiation for biological systems," she said. "That terminology is used by the nuclear industry to cover their inevitable radioactive releases." 
Ramana believes it could still take decades before the plant's radiation leaks are even contained. "I think this is going to take a couple of decades," he said. "We are still in the early years; it hasn't even been five years since the disaster started. It has been 30 years since Chernobyl and remediation of that site is still [a] work in progress."

These pictures of the area around Fukushima are pretty interesting.

It is clear that nuclear energy is not safe, and no new nuclear plants should be built. Moreover, existing plants need serious monitoring and safety upgrades.


Blogger anonymous wak said...

""the first radioactive oceanic plume released by Fukushima is likely to hit the US's West Coast in force in 2017""

2017? too late, we are already being swamped by fukushima radiation.
now we have the massive gas leak as well.

11:30 AM  
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