Radioactive Groundwater at Fukushima Close to Reaching Pacific Ocean
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant which suffered from multiple meltdowns in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan in 2011 is once again making news. According to Tepco, the firm which runs the plant, radiation levels in groundwater surrounding the facility have risen significantly over the past week.
The company has been dousing its reactors in water to keep them cool since the disaster happened more than two years ago, but this has led to a build up in contaminated groundwater. The firm has made plans to channel to the water into the Ocean. Local fishermen have objected to the plans, citing obvious concerns for the local environment. This week’s rise in groundwater radiation levels suggests that water containing highly toxic nuclear waste is now close to spilling out into the Pacific Ocean.
Today also saw the news that Masao Yoshida, the engineer in charge at Fukushima who led efforts to stabilise the reactors immediately after the disaster, has died of cancer. Tepco has denied that his illness was caused by radiation from the plant, but many people will surely find this difficult to believe.