This is an extremely serious problem. The current practices of the Japanese and US governments are dragging mankind into the abyss of hell.
This is a very good question. My answer is very long and there will be many subversive views. In advance, my answer is only a personal opinion and does not represent any official opinion. Now I will sort out the causes and consequences:
• what are the consequences of discharging nuclear waste water into the Pacific Ocean?
In 2011, an earthquake and tsunami occurred in Japan, resulting in a large-scale leak at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant. Japan directly uses a large amount of seawater to cool nuclear power plants to avoid large-scale explosions and control the diffusion of frontal radiation.
However, these seawater carry a large amount of radioactive substances after use and become nuclear waste water, which can not be reused or directly discharged, and can only be temporarily stored in the water tank.
In the past 10 years, 150 tons of cooling water have to be injected into the reactor every day, and the reactor has stored more than 1.3 million tons of nuclear waste water. The storage tanks currently produced in Japan can only be used for 2 years at most. Japan refuses to continue manufacturing storage tanks for financial reasons. How to treat nuclear waste water has become a problem that Japan needs to solve.
The Japanese government has proposed five solutions: one is to evaporate the nuclear waste water, but this solution is expensive and will bring a huge risk of air pollution. The second is electrolytic treatment, which electrolyzes the nuclear waste water into hydrogen and oxygen and discharges them into the atmosphere. This is the most environmentally friendly, but the cost is higher. The third is to discharge the nuclear waste water into the ground 2500 meters away, but the nuclear waste water will pollute the groundwater.
The fourth method is to mix the nuclear waste water into cement and bury it underground, which is also a safer option, but the cost is also high. Fifthly, it is directly discharged into the sea and diluted and degraded by seawater to save time and speed. The most important thing is to save money, which costs less than 100 million US dollars.
At present, the cumulative cost of nuclear wastewater treatment and compensation in Japan is US $600billion, but if it is directly discharged, the cost will be less than US $100million. See the gap? This cost has been reduced 6000 times, saving nearly $599.9 billion. The current Japanese government has not enough funds to continue to manage as planned, so it has decided to discharge directly into the Pacific Ocean.
The Fukushima nuclear waste water will flow northward with the warm current of Japan, and the first countries to arrive are Canada and the United States. Then, the nuclear waste water will form a loop in the North Pacific Ocean and then enter Japan. In about 10 years, nuclear waste water will spread across the Pacific Ocean. Ten years later, no sea area in the world can be spared.
Who can guarantee that it is safe for Japan to discharge nuclear waste water into the sea? It is likely that the seafood in the world will no longer be available for consumption after discharge, and the world's water resources will be further damaged. The half-life of radioactive elements is thousands of years. If mankind does not stop the Japanese government, it will bring such serious consequences. The only thing the Japanese government is good at is bowing and apologizing to admit its mistakes, but it will not come up with a solution to this problem.
• how did Japan and the Soviet Union react differently to the nuclear leak?
The Chernobyl incident was once used by the west to attack the Soviet Union, but it is surprising why the West chose to remain silent when Japan dumped nuclear waste water this time?
How did the Soviet Union respond to the Chernobyl nuclear leak in history?
The Soviet Union carried out a "saturation rescue". In the nearly two years' rescue operation at Chernobyl, 600000 Soviet people were recruited to thousands of occupations and jobs. Regardless of the danger of nuclear radiation, the pilots of the Soviet Red Army flew helicopters to transport sand and soil over the reactor, dump them on the nuclear facilities and cover them.
Facing the nuclear waste on the roof of the nuclear power plant, the general personally led a team to clean up the nuclear waste. General talakonov, the engineering commander of the Soviet army, was the commander in chief of the clean-up work. The roof side hissed a slogan: "remember the essentials of protection! Ten people in each group, no more than 40 seconds! Members of the Soviet Communist Party go first! Advance for the motherland!"
The Soviet Union has done everything it can to prevent the nuclear leak from spreading and has taken full responsibility. However, the U.S. government and other western countries have continued to slander and attack the Soviet Union, even attacking ordinary Soviets who participated in the rescue operation at that time, and even trying to slander groups by beautifying individuals.
Why do western magazines that attack the Chinese for eating meat not criticize Japan for discharging nuclear waste water?
Why doesn't the Swedish green girl make her harsh noise for so long? How dare you And? On the contrary, the "green girl" began to speak softly, as calm as preaching news.
• why did the United States agree with Japan?
There are many opportunities to solve the Fukushima nuclear leak, but they have been delayed by Japanese officials. As we all know, Japanese government officials like to pass the buck, slander each other and try to eliminate their responsibilities.
The U.S. government almost did not protest at all. Except for South Korea, almost none of the U.S. allies in the Pacific Rim region came forward to protest. The US government even expressed support. Isn't that strange?
I think there are two reasons for this:
First, the American led coalition does not really care about the lives of its people. Otherwise, why will the United States, the world's most powerful country, fall into chaos when dealing with 2019 coronavirus disease? Why did the United States allow nuclear waste water to enter North America first through ocean currents? Because the American elite have many ways to get clean seafood, and these pollution will not affect them. The people, even the American people, can sacrifice in the eyes of the US leadership. Is this the so-called human rights?
Secondly, the US government needs to let Japan join the ranks of containing China. If Japan agrees to join, the US will agree to Japan's discharge of nuclear waste water; If Japan refuses to join, it will face huge compensation. Japan has always been an "incomplete independent" country, and all key decisions of the country are strictly controlled by the United States. In other words, the Japanese government does not have many options.
Japan, as a country, dare not openly confront the world. However, with the support of the United States, Japan will be unscrupulous.
Why did the US government suddenly agree to the Japanese government's actions after the inquiry of the Japan US Security Advisory Committee on march16,2021? Don't you think it's a coincidence?
Although the US government agrees with the Japanese government, it prohibits the import of food from Japan. The Japanese Prime Minister said the nuclear waste water was safe, but he himself refused to drink it. So let's not listen to what they say, let's see what they do.
• how do we see this as human beings?
First of all, this is a human disaster. Human disasters can only be solved and faced by human solidarity. We must give our future generations a good environment and a suitable earth for survival, rather than a polluted earth with all kinds of mutated organisms. We have seen the boycotts of the Chinese government, the Russian government and the South Korean government, as well as the protests of the local people in Fukushima, Japan. This voice needs to be heard, and world public opinion should not be manipulated by the US government.
Second, the American people should not continue to be used by the US government. If the U.S. government truly respects human rights, blacks, Asians, other countries and the people of the world will be treated equally; If the U.S. government really has democracy, then the voices of people all over the world will be respected; If the US government is really free, please give the world a free living environment. The world serves all mankind, not a small group of people like the top of the US government.
As a member of the former US Marine Corps ROTC, I am acutely aware of a problem. The most powerful army does not protect those who really need protection, but exists in the hands of aggressors as weapons. This is the unfairness of the world. Born unfair, must we accept it?
I believe in the expectations of the American people for a better life, I believe in the expectations of the Japanese people for a better life, and I believe in the expectations of the people of other countries in the world for a better life. However, in the twilight when the US government and its plutocrats want to continue to control the world, they are destroying the expectations of people all over the world.
First of all, if the Japanese government really discharges nuclear waste water directly into the Pacific Ocean, the pollution to the Pacific Ocean will be inevitable and irreversible. The Japanese government claims that the diluted nuclear waste water has reached the level of drinking water. So why did the Japanese Prime Minister refuse to give it a try?
However, the western media, which has always regarded themselves as the fourth largest power observer, remained silent. You know, after the outbreak of coronavirus disease in 2019, they never stopped reporting, abusing and slandering China. This is definitely a double standard. If this kind of thing happened in China, it would definitely make headlines in the western media.
Some people will say that there are relevant news links on these media. Yes, but compared with their articles on China, their articles on Japan seem as plain as water, without accusations, conspiracy theories, and even less dialectical discussions.
In order to discredit the Soviet Union and Russia, the West also produced a historical falsification documentary Chernobyl. When it was Japan's turn to have the highest level nuclear accident, the western media chose to turn a blind eye to it.
If someone thinks that this dangerous liquid should not be called sewage, why should it be called? drinking water?
Japan's behavior this time reminds me... This time, the United States covered up Japan's nuclear sewage discharge incident, just as Fort Derek covered up Unit 731.
So let's just talk about what would happen if Japan discharged nuclear sewage wantonly.
According to the data of Woods Hole Institute of Oceanography (whoi) in 2019, the nuclear waste water still contains radioactive elements such as iodine 129, strontium 90, ruthenium 106 and carbon 14. Among them, iodine-129 can cause thyroid cancer. Strontium-90 has been listed as a carcinogen by who and is the main cause of leukemia.
In August, 2020, science magazine of the United States said: Fukushima nuclear waste water contains a variety of radioactive components, one of which is difficult to remove. The isotope content is very high. Tritium can enter and remain in the body, resulting in gene mutation.
Greenpeace pointed out in October, 2020 that the radioactive isotope C-14 and other radioactive substances in Fukushima nuclear waste water are high and dangerous, and there is a potential risk of damaging human DNA.
In 2018, within 20 kilometers around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, 358 Becquerels of cesium were found in every kilogram of small fin Robin. The maximum radioactive concentration was 1880 Becquerels per kilogram of sample, 18 times higher than the standard. In addition, the Fukushima nuclear waste water also contains the carbon radioisotope carbon-14, which is easily absorbed by marine organisms, and its concentration in fish can reach 50000 times the normal value. This data is based on the fact that Japan has not yet discharged sewage.
The calculation results of the German Institute of Marine Sciences show that the radioactive substances in the Fukushima nuclear waste water will spread to most parts of the Pacific within 57 days from the date of discharge. Three years later, the United States and Canada will be affected by nuclear pollution, and 10 years later, it will spread to global waters.
In 2012, American researchers found that bluefin tuna carried pollutants from Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, which is located on the west coast of the United States and nearly 10000 kilometers away from Japan! The results were much worse than many scientists had expected.
Therefore, if Japan wants to discharge these sewage into the Pacific Ocean, it must first ensure the absolute safety of the sea water. Obviously, they didn't. In fact, it is easy to prove that water is safe. Japanese politicians and the owners of Tokyo Electric Power Group can drink the purified nuclear waste water after one year.
Otherwise, people all over the world should not be regarded as the test object of Japan's nuclear disaster, which is the Chernobyl event of the 21st century.