Pollution

This article was about the leaks from storage tanks at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on Japan’s Pacific coast. In 2011 disaster struck Japan when a major earthquake hit, followed by a 15 meter tsunami. This disabled the power supply and cooling of the Fukushima power plant, causing three cores to melt. The accident was rated a 7 on the INES scale, which puts it at the same level as Chernobyl in Russia. Recently, as an attempt to stop the spreading of the nuclear material officials at the nuclear power plant ordered water to cool down the reactors, they then proceeded to place the contaminated water (which contains levels of radioactive cesium and strontium many hundreds of times higher than legal safety limits) in huge tanks that carried 1000 tons of water. These tanks were supposed to last 5 years, but in only two years one of the tanks has leaked 300 tons of the highly contaminated water. Workers tried to stop the water from flowing into the ocean by placing sandbags around the tanks of water. The water seeped into the ground, which they plan to shovel out and dispose of, but there is still some water that is seeping into the ocean seeing as it these tanks are only 500 yards away from the shoreline. This is a huge problem and went from a 1 to a 3 on the INES scale. This is a huge problem especially because the water will affect the fish we eat and the biosystem of the ocean. I definitely think that they need to start acting on it.

Lea Aftimos

Pollution: Groundwater/Ocean Pollution

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/21/world/asia/300-tons-of-contaminated-water-leak-from-japanese-nuclear-plant.html

New York Times

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