Beyond Nuclear decries misleading reports about decontamination in press release today:
TAKOMA PARK, MD, September 14, 2015 — Reports in the press today that “formerly contaminated” groundwater has been dumped from the stricken Fukushima nuclear site in Japan into the ocean are grossly misleading, says an expert at Beyond Nuclear, a national NGO of record on the dangers of nuclear energy. Reports say 230,000 gallons of water have been dumped so far.
“This is another attempt to whitewash the enormous radioactive waste problem at the site by claiming to have discharged ‘purified’ radioactive water into the sea,” said Kevin Kamps, radioactive waste watchdog at Beyond Nuclear. “It is simply not possible to remove or ‘decontaminate’ radioactive hydrogen, or tritium, from radioactive waste water.
“A more accurate description would have been ‘permissible’ radioactive levels,” Kamps added. “But ‘permissible’ does not mean safe, and it certainly does not mean ‘previously contaminated,’ which implies radioactive isotopes have been fully removed.”