Japan has plans to dump more than 1.28 million metric tons of radioactive wastewater into the Pacific from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant beginning in the spring of 2023. The dumping will continue for three decades or more.
TAKE ACTION TO OPPOSE THIS PLAN!
1. On Thursday, June 9, 5:00-6:30pm, Stand With Us
Meet us at the corner of Chorro and Monterey Streets at the entrance of the Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo. We will be passing out information and collecting petition signatures. Bring a sign!
2. Sign this petition to oppose the dumping of radioactive water, and share it with others.
Since the triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, which began March 11, 2011, highly contaminated water of various radioactive materials has accumulated at the site. On April 13, 2021, the Japanese government and TEPCO decided to dump approximately 1.3 million tons of this irradiated water stored at the site into the ocean. Violating the promise made to fishermen and ignoring the opposition of municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture, the Japanese government and TEPCO are planning to begin this outrageous act by next spring.
Evading responsibility for the Fukushima nuclear accident and steering the country toward a policy of promoting nuclear power, the Japanese government and TEPCO have stubbornly refused to take responsibility for those who have been deprived of their homes and for those children who have been suffering from health problems as a result of the nuclear accident. Furthermore, it is absolutely unacceptable to purposefully pollute the ocean, which also deprives fishermen of their livelihood.
This contaminated water contains 860 trillion becquerels of tritium, which by nature cannot be removed by the ALPS multi-nuclide removal system, as well as 60 other radionuclides that remain after treatment. Tritium is a radioactive substance that accumulates in the body and causes internal radiation exposure.
The Japanese government claims that the radioactive water will be duly treated and diluted so that it is safe. We cannot tolerate such falsehoods. Contamination will surely be concentrated through the food chain. Health hazards in the vicinity of nuclear power plants that emit tritium have been reported worldwide.
The dumping of contaminated water into the ocean is an outrageous act. The sea belongs to the people of the whole world. It is the minimum duty for the Tokyo Electric Company to safely store the contaminated water, a product of its own accident, in order to prevent further contamination.