Japan Considering Release of 700,000 Tons of Radioactive Water

In yet another example of why nuclear power plants should be phased out, a Japanese government official is considering releasing radioactive poison into the ocean, undoubtedly harming aquatic habitats. Wind and solar power generation have no problems of leftover radioactivity that’s difficult to store well.

In Japan, a top official with the Tokyo Electric Power Company says he wants to dump more than 700,000 tons of contaminated water from Fukushima’s nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean. Local fishermen are protesting against the plan, saying dumping more radioactive waste into the water will imperil the fishing industry. The water is contaminated with tritium, which can cause cancer when ingested in high concentrations.