A group of scientists have suggested taking the radioactive soil that is being collected in Japan and dump it in the Pacific. They said they would put it in containers first, as if that truly mattered much. It was pointed out that this would violate the London Convention on pollution. Former education minister Akito Arima, said, “The sea is common property of all humankind, and the key is whether fishermen and the general public will support the proposal.”
The scientists failed to take into account what other countries might have to say about this. As the Pacific isn’t owned by any one country this idea would likely receive a very negative reception from other countries. The perception outside of Japan on the already massive dumping of radioactive material into the Pacific is already quite critical. This is tempered only by the understanding that some of it may have been unstoppable due to the severity of the accident. Would other countries tolerate purposeful dumping of radioactive soil into the Pacific created by a private sector company? This would likely cause larger scandal and problems than the researchers understand.
The radioactive dumping into the Pacific to date is already beginning to show signs it is not going to stay contained around Japan. We reported earlier how the radiation has already spread across the Pacific rather than diluting. We also reported how the radioactive contamination is already being found in tuna species leading to questions about unsafe seafood as far away as the US coast due to large migrations patterns.
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