The Japanese Government is reportedly planning to jettison over one million tons of radioactive water in to the ocean – posing a risk to human DNA, a report has claimed.
Toxic water is being housed at the site of the abandoned Fukushima nuclear plant, which was destroyed following an earthquake and a cataclysmic tsunami in Japan in 2011.
Greenpeace has warned of a risk to human human life in a report titled Stemming the tide 2020: The reality of the Fukushima radioactive water crisis.
The environmental rights charity has written the paper amid reports the Japanese government plans to unleash 1.23million tonnes of water into the Pacific Ocean.
There are fears the water is still radioactive – with the Greenpeace report suggesting the liquid contains "dangerous levels of carbon-14," a radioactive substance that has the "potential to damage human DNA."
Russia Today claims that Greenpeace has accused Japan of spreading misinformation about the nature of the water being housed at the remains of the destroyed nuclear plant.
They claim that the Japanese government has tried to pass off the carbon-14 contaminated water as “treated” and tried to claim “radioactive tritium is the only radionuclide in the water.”
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It is believed the Japanese government plans to start releasing the stored water from 2022 – as storage space is running out and not helped by the fact that cracks in the Fukushima nuclear plant’s reactors' foundations had caused toxic water to contaminate groundwater nearby.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga appeared to be pushing for the release of the water in a statement ton on Wednesday.
He said: “We cannot postpone the issue forever. We would like to make a decision responsibly as soon as possible.”
Reports have suggested the Japanese government plans to leak the water over the course of many years – although it is believed an official decision is yet to be made.
The Fukushima nuclear plant was damaged on March 11, 2011, following a devastating earthquake 130 kilometers east of Sendai, the largest city in the Tohoku region, sparking a devastating Tsunami.
A reported 20,000 people died in the natural disaster, while 500,000 were forced to evacuate their homes amid the destruction.
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