The contamination from Fukushima has been leaking into the water since the explosion and melt down first occurred in March 2011. Many radioactive contaminants are now being found, indicating that the damaged core of these reactors are now contributing to the contamination of the Pacific Ocean. The ground water is believed to be moving at about a rate of 300-400 metric tons per day. According to Paul Gunter the director of the reactor oversight project at BeyondNuclear.org, Japan still has a real crisis on its hands to deal with.
TEPCO, Tokyo Electric Power Company, had constructed a temporary wall between the Fukushima wreckage and the ocean. This wall had been acting as more of a dam. The water had been building up behind the wall, and finally breached the dam, spilling over. The contaminated water has been spilling into the Pacific Ocean for months now. This indicates that the situation is still out of control. Environmental group Greenpeace has stated that TEPCO hid the leaks, and urged japan to seek expertise. TEPCO has admitted that “20 trillion to 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium may have leaked into the sea since the disaster.”
“There’s no transparency” said Paul Gunter, and the issue seems serious enough to warrant asking for international aid to address the radioactive contamination of the ocean.
What About Contamination In The Food?
Although the FDA has reported that American seafood is safe and unaffected by radiation contamination from the Japanese nuclear power plant, some Americans would rather not take the risk, and they are cutting back on their seafood consumption. Since the incident in 2011, Greenpeace has claimed that 34 of 60 seafood samples bought from various stores in eastern Japan, each had radioactive cesium-134 and -137, meaning the seafood poses a health risk.