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(Tech Xplore)   This certainly won't generate a tsunami of international outcry   ( divider line
    More: Followup, International Atomic Energy Agency, Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant, Nuclear power, Electricity generation, Water, Japan's nuclear regulator, Nuclear fission, Nuclear proliferation  
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1127 clicks; posted to STEM » on 18 May 2022 at 11:30 AM (28 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2022-05-18 11:41:19 AM  
2 votes:
No reason to complain with all the things we put in there every day that are far worse. This is just something that the brain damaged monkeys who think nuclear power is the devil will amplify
2022-05-18 10:54:08 AM  
1 vote:
Scientists say impact of long term low-dose exposure to the environment and humans are unknown, and that tritium can have a bigger impact on humans when consumed in fish than in water.

That's horribly vague and I don't know if it is purposeful and accidental.

Tritium has a really short retention (respectively).  If someone is exposed to it, you need to get a urine sample from them within 10 days (or less) or you may not detect anything and thus not know the internal dose they received.

I personally knew one of the worst (probably) tritium exposures....well...ever.  He had to pee into a sample container for two weeks and the doctor told him to drink lots of water (and beer, incidentally).  I don't remember his exposure from that one.
2022-05-18 11:45:33 AM  
1 vote:
Do you want Kaiju?  Cause this is how you get Kaiju.
2022-05-18 12:02:08 PM  
1 vote:

trialpha: I thought they had already approved this years ago. Maybe that was just an emergency release or something.

It was discussed years ago when the amount of water being dumped into holding tanks was getting to be too much.

I think the initial discussion was about raw dumping the water without treatment, as in loading it into some tanker ships and taking it far out into the Pacific (a few hundred kilometers) and pumping it overboard. That would result in a lot of different radioactive contaminants dumped into the ocean, but it would have been the proverbial drop in a bucket when considering the entire volume of the ocean. It would amount to nothing, but the optics were still bad.

The revised plan is to filter the water through some resin or something like that where it will capture everything other than the tritium, which is basically impossible to separate out of the water. This result is taking just the tritium in the water, diluting it a bunch, and then diluting it even more by putting it into the ocean.
2022-05-18 12:12:16 PM  
1 vote:
Dilution is the solution to pollution.
2022-05-18 12:48:14 PM  
1 vote:

Gonz: Dilution is the solution to pollution.

SumoJeb: A favourite line from my environmental economics class:
"The solution to pollution is dilution."

It's going to be done over 30 years, so that's really REALLY diluted.
2022-05-18 2:46:21 PM  
1 vote:

Gonz: Dilution is the solution to pollution.

And that's why we have PFAS and microplastics in our blood, and are now dealing with global warming. There is no "out there" that doesn't become "in here" on Earth. Anything you dump on the environment slowly builds up and goes everywhere.

That was always just cover for polluters.
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