The Center is demanding the immediate cessation of dumping radioactive water into the ocean (and the atmosphere) by Fukushima Daiichi plant owner and operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). The Center will be filing complaints with the Japanese government and the U.S. State Department if this site is not sealed off very soon. It should have been sealed immediately after the first of three hydrogen explosions. The Center is recommending the immediate entombing of the entire site. We are recommending a 500 foot tall sarcophagus with 500 foot deep steel bulkheads to protect the ocean.
The U.S. EPA has already detected elevated levels of radiation in air in the United States. Although described as 'low-level,' any increase due to a commercial nuclear power plant disaster is too much. Spreading radioactive contamination into the ocean is completely unacceptable.
President Obama should pressure the Japanese government to entomb the entire Fukushima Daiichi site. If President Obama is unwilling to take this position, then Chinese President Hu Jintao should take the lead. China is already complaining about the dumping because it poses a threat. South Korea is also complaining about the ocean dumping.
The government estimated the total amount of radiation contained in the released water at 150 billion becquerels—exceeding the legal limits by about 100 times—depending on the sample taken, according to NISA.