Title: International help, political solutions for irradiated water
Source: The China Post
Date: Sept. 9, 2013
[...] In addition to the 300 tons that TEPCO is unable to capture in its storage tanks every day, reports on Aug. 20 of the leak of one of the tanks, with the escape of roughly 300 tons of irradiated water, shows the precarious nature of both the known and unknown strains on the current system of containment. The continuous leak of water into the ocean shows that seawater is being poisoned at a continuous rate, slowly corrupting a source of life on which our lives depend. The discovery that a storage tank has failed highlights the continued risk of random failings in the system, and thereby its inadequacies.
South Korea on Friday expanded its prohibition on fishery imports from Japan to include eight prefectures. As neighboring countries refocus on the crisis, it is time also for a calm discussion of the eventual fate of the contaminated water — which Shunichi Tanaka, Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority chairman, says will have to be let into the sea at some point in the future.
No country welcomes the prospect of seeing polluted water in its front porch. Yet it is time for Japan to begin initiating discussion with neighbors to start coming to some agreements on the matter.
Published: September 9th, 2013 at 9:53 am ET