Skip to comments.Fukushima’s tritiated water to be dumped into sea, Tepco chief says
Posted on 07/14/2017 8:29:36 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt
Despite the objections of local fishermen, the tritium-tainted water stored at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant will be dumped into the sea, a top official at Tokyo Electric says.
The decision has already been made, Takashi Kawamura, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., said in a recent interview with the media.
Tritium typically poses little risk to human health unless ingested in high amounts,
and ocean discharges of diluted volumes of tritium-tainted water are a routine part of nuclear power plant operations.
This is because it is a byproduct of nuclear operations but cannot be filtered out of water.
(Excerpt) Read more at japantimes.co.jp ...
Tepcos decision has local fishermen worried that their livelihood is at risk because the radioactive material
will further mar public perceptions about the safety of their catches.
Kawamuras remarks are the first by the utilitys management on the sensitive matter.
Since the March 2011 meltdowns were brought under control, the Fukushima No. 1 plant has been generating tons of toxic water that has been filling up hundreds of tanks at the tsunami-hit plant.
Where are the singing twins?
And thus ended the Godzilla franchise.
If they dump it in the Ganges, the radiation might actually sanitize it.
Couldn’t they just boil it away?
1. It would take a LOT of energy to boil away that much water.
2. Is it really better to have the tritium dispersed into the air as water vapor than to have it dispersed into the ocean?
What happens to the water when you boil it "away"?
Tritium has some commercial value, albeit a relatively short half-life.
The solution for pollution is dilution.
We can probly figure out how to get rid of it by putting it in our toothpaste or short acting fibre drinks.
No big deal. Tritium has a very short half life, and it decays into Deuterium, which is ubiquitous in the oceans anyway.
Oh, and it’s a beta emitter, so short of bathing in tritiated water, or drinking a significant amount of it, this shouldn’t pose a problem, if it’s sufficiently diluted with sea water.
I think that Tepco should sell it to research labs who are working on nuclear fusion power projects.
Yeah with a 12.3 year half-life it should all be gone in about 85 years, more or less. Regardless, as has been said, it is a low energy beta emitter, so won't do much damage unless you ingest it in significant quantities.
It’s already in the water that you drink, the food that you eat, and everything else that your come into contact with that has a hydrogen atom attached to it, albeit in trace levels. This also incudes deuterium. Tritium is produced naturally by bombardment of atmospheric hydrogen by cosmic radiation.
People on the West coast have noticed an increase in 'background radiation' ever since the Fall of 2012.
I imagine background levels will continue to increase.
Tritium (/ˈtrɪtiəm/ or /ˈtrɪʃiəm/; symbol T or 3 H , also known as hydrogen-3) is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen. The nucleus of tritium (sometimes called a triton) contains one proton and two neutrons, whereas the nucleus of protium (by far the most abundant hydrogen isotope) contains one proton and no neutrons. Naturally occurring tritium is extremely rare on Earth, where trace amounts are formed by the interaction of the atmosphere with cosmic rays. It can be produced by irradiating lithium metal or lithium bearing ceramic pebbles in a nuclear reactor. Tritium is used as a radioactive tracer, in radioluminescent light sources for watches and instruments, and, along with deuterium, as a fuel for nuclear fusion reactions with applications in energy generation and weapons. The name of this isotope is derived from Greek τρίτος (trítos), meaning 'third'.
This makes me think of those Madden Turkeys on Thanksgiving Fish with extra parts two three headed sharks and ocean liner size jelly fish
Do you know why the Siamese twins moved to England ? The other one wanted to Drive
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