‘Absurd’: Intentionally dumping Fukushima nuclear material into ocean from land “is not considered dumping” — Allowed under international law?

Published: May 14th, 2013 at 11:47 am ET


Title: WHOI : Oceanus : Seafood Safety and Policy
Source: Oceanus
Author: David Pacchioli
Date: May 6, 2013

The Fukushima disaster is without precedent and will have unprecedented impacts on future policies governing the ocean, both Japanese and international.

[…] the Fukushima accident has revealed some key shortcomings in international law, said Kentaro Nishimoto, who teaches law of the sea at Tohoku University. To illustrate, he used an incident that has brought sharp criticism from Japan’s neighbors: the intentional release of radioactive water into the sea.

[…] Nishimoto said, the relevant international laws proved to be nonbinding. In particular, he noted, the London Convention on marine pollution, although it expressly prohibits ocean dumping of radioactive material, limits these restrictions to vessels at sea. Release of materials from land is not considered dumping.

“When I tell this to people outside the field of international law, the reaction I get is, ‘This is absurd,’ ” Nishimoto acknowledged. […]

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Published: May 14th, 2013 at 11:47 am ET


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37 comments to ‘Absurd’: Intentionally dumping Fukushima nuclear material into ocean from land “is not considered dumping” — Allowed under international law?

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    Killing us all, legally.

    Thank your government for this. They're all involved. Too much money to be made.

    • Jay

      Take that a notch higher , Japan has no nuclear fuel deposits , it comes from key partners abroad , the business is part of the Bilderberg circle , hence international .

      The 'elite' has to play it very careful , now we know who 'turns the wheels' and statistics may show that one griving parent out of a million will have the drive to became a Martyr … and there are over 50 million parents in Japan and a few Billions on the Planet …

    • We Not They Finally

      But is especially psychotic to be making money at the expense of survival of the entire planet, including one's own. That is literally PSYCHOTIC. It makes more "ordinary" personal serial killers and/or murder-suicide look "tame."

  • weeman

    The action of a socialpath to twist the reality of it to your own needs, I take it that this does not bother you, cause in your own simple mind you have justified the action, because you are using a loop hole and you are theoretically with in the law, you are no better than a terrorist, same mentality. Burn in hell, slowly roasted but never seared, bastards.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear accidents and dumping have tainted the planet …the only way to stop it is to outlaw it completely. This must happen.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    I am now convinced that the terrible legacy that Fukushima leaves for future generations is the wholesale comtamination of the Pacific Ocean. If TEP.gov had simply shreaded the three reactors, nuclear fuel and all, and scattered them across the Pacific, the result couldn't have worse than it is. At a minimum, Japan has, through TEP.gov action and inaction, destroyed the trillion dollar Pacific Seafood Industry. Japan should be held liable through the international courts for damages.

    As for the loop holes, this is yet another example of industry letting themselves off the hook, avoiding the cost of adequate waste disposal, and putting the dollars saved into the hands of their shareholders. Stock ownership can no longer be considered by citizens of the Earth as a victimless crime.

    "Honey, hand me down my pitch fork.
    There is some business in town I need to attend to."

  • combomelt combomelt


  • mairs mairs

    There seems to be such an incredible lag between what TEPCO is actually doing and has been doing for two years, and what the press reports may be a possible problem in the future.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "International recognition of the need to regulate ocean disposal from land-based sources on a global basis was the result of the UN Conference on the Human Environment in June 1972 and the Inter-Governmental Conference on the Convention of the Dumping of Wastes at Sea in November 1972. These conferences resulted in a treaty entitled Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter—London Convention 1972 (LC-72). The LC-72 came into effect in 1975 and currently has approximately eighty member nations. Another treaty addressing the issue of wastes disposed of from vessels, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973 (MARPOL), was adopted.

    Ocean Dumping.


    The reference is to MARPOL…the law is called L-72

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Heart, are you saying the London Convention 1972 (LC-72) in fact prohibits this dumping?

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose


        • We Not They Finally

          Heart, your posts are great but we believe that you are mistaken. Just look at Areva in France. They dump tons of radioactive waste directly into the English Channel and it is "legal." Dumping AT sea and dumping INTO the sea apparently do not come under the same legal umbrella. Wish they did, but they don't.

          • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose


            • Mack Mack

              Here is the video that WeNotTheyFinally was referring to:

              "Secret Nuclear Waste: The Dark Side of Humanity"


              The video says 100,000 tons of radioactive waste has been dumped into the sea.

              A 1993 United Nations treaty forbids ships from dumping radioactive waste in barrels into the sea…they can't dump barrels into the sea, but they can still discharge radioactive waste directly into the sea, which the video shows the LaHague nuclear processing plant in France does.

  • It IS absurd…!!!

    Just because it may not be specified in some law or there's a loophole, it's still a crime against all humanity, a crime against every living thing on the planet.

    It IS a crime.
    They will say it's regrettable and act like they are sorry.
    Murderers are sometimes sorry too, but they are still guilty.

    No political figure will ever stand up and address this issue. Death and taxes are the other things I'm sure of.

    I'll also bet that anti-nuclear organizations have their taxes scrutinized even more than others. 😉

    • We Not They Finally

      "Absurb" is an insultingly wrong word here. it's massively criminal by design. Incidentally, this is exactly how Areva, France's huge nuclear re-processing facility, gets away with massively dumping into the English Channel, which it borders.

  • razzz razzz

    It's the first thing you learn about nuclear power generation, nuclear waste byproducts have to be released to the air, water and land. Limits of how much nuclear waste can be released is set up where there was no such thing that existed before.

    Tritium releases can't be contained or controlled, what noble gases can't be filtered and captured are simply released i.e. "within limits." And that is just the beginning of the ongoing nuclear waste chain. Leaks from the reactor core are defined as allowable.

    Once people understand radioactive releases, it is usually ignored as harmless. This thanks to the nuclear industry propaganda machine supported by all governments.

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    Dont people know about lawyers, law and justice? The biggest criminals use law or influence to get away with murder, while the prisons are filled with innocent kids that got caught with some pot. Corruption doesnt stop just because you enter a lawyers office. Has to be experienced to be believed. If law is so great, how come the last several presidents arent in prison for war crimes? How come Monsanto execs arent in prison for crimes against humanity? Guantanamo, Tepco, G.E., pharmaceutical companies, governments, and the church…all committing crimes. MORE LAWS, that will fix it. psht!!

    • combomelt combomelt

      Yes, unfortunately that seems to be a correct summation CS. My post was naive at best

  • We Not They Finally

    I wonder if dumping tons of radioactive waste right on the heads of TEPCO officials would be considered illegal. Great way to prove how "safe" it is!

  • Two-headed shark discovered by fisherman – video

    "Experts say the discovery of a two-headed shark may be a world first. The sea creature was found when a fisherman working in the Gulf of Mexico cut into the uterus of an adult shark. The shark has two hearts and two stomachs but only one tail."

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      They said this is the first of it's kind and has never been seen before but to expect more in the future ?Also imply that Corexit, oil, and Fukushima are not to blame? I surrender

  • razzz razzz

    It is called the 'Rule-Of-Law' and without it situations are hopeless.

    Governments control the courts, corporations controls the government and bankers control all of the big money involved. The little guy doesn't stand a chance. Fukushima is only a bump in the road until it begins costing banks money. Until now it is still an opportunity to make a buck at by forcing the losses on the little people.

    In America: How many bankers have gone to jail for stealing other people's money? How many government official have gone to jail for ignoring the law? How many big corporations get whatever they want from the courts while paying no taxes?


  • bumpercrop

    I greatly appreciate this web site. I learn a great deal and deeply value the intelligent and passionate comments. Reading the comments from other deeply caring, conscious individuals helps me to feel more sane.
    I often feel that I live in a world filled with psychopaths who run the show, and zombie-sheep who allow the insanity to continue, the secondary line of psychopaths so to speak. There are good people in the world. People who care about each other and other species and nature as a whole. People who realize that if we destroy our habitat
    we destroy our lives, for all futures for all species. Heartfelt thanks and know that your efforts have great value.

  • Mack Mack

    Here's the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) inventory of radioactive waste in the oceans:


    And this IAEA report shows a map on Page 2 of the global dumping sites:


  • mungo mungo

    thanks mack, i had a read, this shit is everywhere…

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