The Fukushima Dai-ichi plant has been leaking hundreds of tons of contaminated underground water into the sea since shortly after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami damaged the complex. Several leaks from tanks storing tainted water in recent weeks have heightened the sense of crisis that the plant’s owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., isn’t able to contain the problem.
“Instead of leaving this up to TEPCO, the government will step forward and take charge,” said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said after adopting the outline. “The world is watching if we can properly handle the contaminated water but also the entire decommissioning of the plant.”
The Japanese government announced Tuesday that it will spend $470 million on a subterranean ice wall and other steps in a desperate bid to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear station after repeated failures by the plant’s operator.
The decision is widely seen as an attempt to show that the nuclear accident won’t be a safety concern just days before the International Olympic Committee chooses between Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid as the host of the 2020 Olympics.<<<—Not to protect the environment but to ensure they are considered for the Olympics bid.
Though the effort to avert further contamination are appreciated, I comprehend that the water is contaminated by the radiation leak from the nuclear power plants.
When exploring the newest and greatest technologies, the consequences can be monstrous on the environment and subsequently humanity. The leaks are a result of the enormous earthquake sustained over two years ago. Radiation has been leaking into the waters surrounding Japan for an extensive period of time. What will the world likely see as an after effect from the leaks? Will the manufactured wall later serve as a model on how to reconstruct vanishing glaciers?
This effort needs to be a global cooperative effort. The Department of Environmental Protection as well as other similiar entities in other countries need to convene on resolving this and other global catastrophies that are causing economic and environmental crisis.
Building an ice wall is symbolic in how the world has approached incidents that affect the entire globe.