A Resolution Against the Ocean Dumping of Radioactive Tritium-contaminated Waste Water From the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant


A Resolution Against the Ocean Dumping of Radioactive Tritium-contaminated Waste Water From the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

Members of the Association for Citizens and Scientists Concerned about Internal Radiation Exposures (ACSIR) and citizens and scientists who are concerned about internal radiation exposure

July 20, 2018

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A Resolution Against the Ocean Dumping of Radioactive Tritium-contaminated Waste Water From the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant(pdf,5pages,213KB)

It was announced in March, 2014, that in the defunct Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant there was a total of approximately 3,400 trillion becquerels of tritium, with 830 trillion becquerels stored in tanks. This enormous amount of radioactive waste water has still continued to increase since then. In these circumstances, the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Company Ltd. (TEPCO), in their efforts to find an easy way to dispose of the tritium-contaminated waste water created by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, have been trying to dilute and dump it into the ocean. They have been watching for an unguarded moment among the opposition movements, such as fishery cooperatives. Now they are about to finally decide to implement the ocean dumping plan. Far from regulating such activities, Toyoshi Fuketa, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority has been championing this plan.
We are determined that the Japanese government and TEPCO shall never dump the radioactive waste water into the ocean for the following reasons:

1. Generally misunderstood as posing little risk to life and health, tritium is an extremely hazardous radioactive material. This is because organisms are not able to chemically distinguish tritium water from the normal water which composes most of the human body. This means that tritium can invade any part of the human body, irradiating it from inside; therefore, tritium can damage cell membranes and mitochondria in cells, indirectly through reactive oxygen species (ROS) and other radicals generated in irradiation. Tritium decay can directly cut chemical bonds of genomes or DNA strands. The risk peculiar to tritium is that if some hydrogen atoms which make up the genomes are replaced with tritium, the beta decay of the tritium into helium will cut off the chemical bonds of the genome.
Plants produce starch from water and carbon dioxide gas by using photosynthesis. Some of hydrogen atoms in this starch can be replaced with tritium, forming organic tritium, which animals, plants and human beings absorb into their bodies over the long term, causing internal radiation.

2. With reference to the tritium released by various nuclear facilities, reports indicate a number of findings including: an increased incidence of leukemia among those living around the Genkai Nuclear Power Plant; an increased incidence of infant leukemia around nuclear reprocessing plants all over the world; and an increased incidence of child cancers around nuclear power plants. Real damage has already occurred.

3. Tritium, even if diluted and dumped into the ocean, will become concentrated again through aspects of the ecosystem such as food chains. Furthermore, tritium will vaporize into tritium-containing moisture or hydrogen gas only to return to the land and eventually circulate within the environment. The idea that dilution ensures safety has caused fatal blunders to be repeated in many environmental pollution cases in the past, the vital factor being the total quantity released into the environment. Therefore, as far as environmental pollution problems are concerned, the only righteous and principled policy is to thoroughly confine and isolate radioactive materials or toxic substances from the ecosystem.
As tritium has a long half-life of 12 years, it destroys the environment over the long term. Tritium is an isotope of hydrogen which constitutes not only most of the living body but also its genes, so tritium disposal via dilution cannot be safe. Thus, we strongly urge the Japanese government and the Nuclear Regulatory Authority never to dump tritium into the ocean.

The resolution assenters:
As of October 29


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小東ゆかり、小宮市郎、古村一雄、小山潔、コリン・コバヤシ、今 正則、近藤 務、
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鈴木則雄、鈴木紀雄、鈴木伸幸、砂川正弘、清木和義、高石 昭、睫斛柁、
高木 伸、高階喜代恵、高瀬光代、高橋精巧、高橋武三、高崎 洋子、眈祥昌、
谷崎嘉治、滝本 健、田口弘子、竹内育子、竹添みち子、竹浪純、田代真人、
橘 優子、舘澤みゆき、田中章子、田中一郎、田中和恵、田中清、田中慶子、
田平正子、玉城 豊、辻 陽子、辻本 誠、土屋 直宏、哲野イサク、寺尾光身、
長尾高弘、長澤民衣、中須賀 徳行、永田文夫、名出真一、中西 綾子、中村由紀男、
西山龍之、二瓶一夫、根岸貴通、根本 勘、野口幹夫、野村修身、萩原正子、
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三上幸子,三澤泰幸、水鳥方義、水野千春、水野康子,水戸喜世子、宮尾 素子、
山田勝暉、山田信太郎、山田敏正、山田 誠、山本清子、山本英彦、横山恵子、

Dorothy Anderson、Ellen Atkinson、Kim Atkinson、Frank Belcastro, Richard Booth,
クリス・バズビー/Cristopher Busby, Patrick Bosold, ノーマ・フィールド/Norma Field、チェイス洋子/Yoko Chase, Adam Broinowski、Thomas Cannon, Anneke Corbett、Cara Campbell, John Dunn, Kathy Durrum,  Matt Eager,  Nancy Lee Farrell、 Jane Feldman,  Tom Ferguson、Jeff French、 Roxanne Friedenfels, Deb Fritzler、Rachel Fulcher、Subrata Ghoshroy、Mark M Giese、Stephen Gliva 、Steven Goldman 、 Norda Gromoll, Maureen K. Headington、Elaine Holder, Carol Jagiello, 
Annette Jacobson、Marylia Kelley、Ellen Koivisto, Cheryl Kozanitas, Don Light, Victor Lau, Sandra Malasky Victor Lau, Don L. John Liss, Andy Lupenko、
Martha E. Martin, Meg Mazzeo、Susann McCarthy、Gary Michael、Susan Monaster、Bernardo Alayza Mujica、Nancy Neumann、Tom Nieland、Sharon Nolting、
Patricia Orlinski , Allison Ostrer, Carol Joan Patterson、Judi Poulson,
Oscar Revilla, Mary Rojeski, Mark D. Stansbery、Sister Gladys Schmitz,
Forest Shomer、Gerritt and Elizabeth Baker-Smith, Jaune Smith, Edh Stanley、
Bob Stuart, James Talbot, Nick Thabit、 Sharon Torrisi, Dennis Trembly,
Mary A. Vorachek, Jody Weisenfeld 、 Carolyn Whiting、 Woofwow、
73 293+73=366

366 Individuals:

クライストチャーチの風 、原発いらない牛久の会、
原発いらん!山口ネットワーク、原発止めよう! 東葛の会、
放射線量測定室・多摩、 放射能NO!ネットワーク取手、
Nuclear Energy Information Service, JAN (Japanese Against Nuclear) UK、
Nukewatch、 Sayonara Nukes Berlin、
Stand Up/Save Lives Campaign、Nuclear Watch South、 
Beyond Nuclear、

If you agree with this resolution, please e-mail to Kosaku Yamada.
Address: kosakuyamada@yahoo.co.jp.

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