Japan's nuclear plant threatens radioactive waste on Indian shores
- Nov 19, 2020 8:05 am GMTNov 19, 2020 3:00 pm GMT
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A decision by Japan poses a risk of pollution of radioactive waste on Indian shores. Japan has decided to gradually drain the radioactively contaminated water of the Fukushima nuclear plant destroyed in the sea from 2022 onwards in the 2011 tsunami. This decision has been taken on October 16 after a year-long debate.
Experts have warned that this will set a false precedent and will have a fatal impact on human and marine life in different parts of the world. Experts say nuclear water will contain a large number of pollutants, including radioactive isotopes such as cesium, tritium, cobalt, and carbon-12, which will take 12 to 30 years to decompose. They will immediately destroy everything they come in contact with, and endanger the economy associated with the fisheries industry, as well as promote the spectrum of various diseases including cancer.
According to AK Singh, Director General (Health Sciences) of the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), this would be the first time that a large amount of radioactive water was released into the sea and it could become a wrong example for others to follow. Concerns about the environment and health are very important for the survival of the human race. Therefore, there can be a debate at the global level for alternative arrangements.
Although Japanese officials say the effect of reducing nuclear water in the sea before it is released will only reduce the presence of tritium, other health experts monitoring the issue say that it should not underestimate the risk needed. Dr. Yudhveer Singh, Assistant Professor (Anesthesia and Critical Care) at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), says the danger will depend on the number of pollutants in the nuclear water and their nature. All types of radioactive isotopes can cause cancer if they are present in the body for a long time.
In Russia, Chernobyl also has thyroid cancer seen 20 years after the nuclear leak accident. "Once nuclear water is released into the sea, then my advice would be to stay away from the coastal areas and completely abandon seafood," he said. He warned that the citizens of South Asian countries will be the most at risk in this matter.
Several organizations and environmentalists, including Safecast and Greenpeace, have appealed to Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the operator of the Fukushima plant, to build more storage tanks and keep them safe rather than release nuclear water. Greenpeace has said that if this water is drunk, human DNA can undergo changes.
Fukushima was the second largest nuclear accident after Chernobyl On March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck Japan's north-eastern coastline, triggering a 15-meter-high tsunami wave. These waves destroyed the 5306 MW capacity Fukushima nuclear plant. It was the second-largest nuclear power generation accident in history since the 1986 crash in Russia's Chernobyl. After the accident, a large sea area around Fukushima had to be closed due to 1.2 million tons of radioactively contaminated water released from more than 1000 tanks in the reactor.