The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster happened over four years ago and ever since, 300 tons of radioactive water has been flowing into the Pacific Ocean. Most of the fish and water life have been exposed to the radiation. Although exposure has caused much of the animal life to suffer, there has yet to be further scientific research to prove that the Fukushima nuclear disaster is actually the primary cause for the damages. There have been reports that the fish we consume in America have shown higher concentrations of the chemical Cesium-137 and Strontium-90. Scientists have done extensive research to assure that the fish contain safe amounts of radiation for us to consume. Below, are their findings and the government and scientist assures us that this is nothing to be concerned about.
- A nearly 1000-fold increase for exposure to strontium-90;
- A 3000 to 100,000-fold hike for exposure to iodine-131; and
- An almost 25,000 rise for exposure to radioactive nickel-63.
- The new radiation guidelines would also allow long-term cleanup thresholds, thousands of times more lax than anything EPA has ever judged safe in the past.
On March 11, 2011, Japan endured a devastating disaster when an earthquake triggered a tsunami off the coast of Japan. It was responsible for 18,500 lives and has continued to cripple the citizens of the country. During the tsunami, the Fukushima I (Daiichi) Nuclear Power Plant had equipment malfunctions which led to three nuclear meltdowns. The next day, the nuclear meltdown resulted in the release of radioactive materials. For the next five years, 300 tons of contaminated water would flood into the Pacific Ocean. The clean up has been highly difficult to manage due to the widespread damage and it is nearly impossible to cover up all the land and water that the nuclear waste has spread to.
Ann Coulter who was on the Bill O' Riley Show, agreed with some scientists that LDR (low dose radiation) is good for the human body because it can help immunity and fighting off certain diseases. But we are all aware of the risks and dangers of high radiation exposure. So although proponents may argue that little amounts of radiation is healthy for the human body, TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co.) recently discovered at the Fukushima nuclear plant that radiation levels are at 9.4 sieverts per hour. Exposure for 45 minutes to this radiation could result in death which makes it quite difficult for the group to decommission the plant fully. With such high levels of radiation still active in the plant, it begs the question, is our water and animal life really safe?
Technology is rapidly advancing each and everyday. Today we are living in a time where it is essential in getting us through our day. We use our cellphones to communicate to people around the world. We have different sources of energy to power our buildings, homes and schools, but one thing we should take into consideration is whether that source of technology is beneficial for the environment, the people and our animals. There have been many major disasters that have been in the hands of these resources that generate our technology. Take, for example, the oil spill by BP in the shores of Mexico and Louisiana, or the recent chemical spill in the Colorado River. All of these sources of energy used to fuel our technology have contaminated the waters of our oceans and rivers, thus threatening the lives that inhibit these waters. Regulation by officiating organizations does not occur until accidents as catastrophic as these take place. We have seen the devastating effects of nuclear radiation, oil and chemical spills on wildlife, as well as human beings. With technology accelerating toward what is more efficient and cleaner for the environment, shouldn't we begin to reconsider how we utilize our sources of energy? Shouldn't we have safety precautions prepared in case of an emergency? Or should we just ignore these events and brush them off as an accident? It appears that many major companies haven't seem to regard individuals, wildlife and the environment, because all that really matters is money and business that was generated by the company. The good news is that people are becoming more aware of these events and standing up to make a change.
We will never know the devastating effects of the nuclear radiation from the Fukushima Nuclear Plant, unless we go there ourselves. We will never know if the fish or seafood we eat contain radioactive material or cancerous tumors, unless we develop diseases or cancer from the consumption. But what we do know is that when a disaster or accident occurs, any harmful sources of energy such as nuclear energy, fossil fuels, oil or toxic waste does, indeed, leave a destructive result for the environment, people and wildlife. So, should we just be more careful or is it time to find more natural and safer alternative sources of energy?
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