originally posted by: TheWhiteKnight
“The radiation will harmlessly disperse into the ocean
like mixing a large drink”
— Mister Science
No amount of radiation is harmless, we may come out unscathed or it may affect us depending on a game or Russian roulette as to how much damage decay
particles may cause.
There is a natural level of background radiation and our planet is surrounded by a huge field of it trapped by the magnetic field of the earth which
shields us from it.
But ever since the first atomic bomb was detonated Radiation produced by human means has caused global problems and there is still high atmospheric
radioactive fallout from those probably the very first tests in the upper atmosphere which has still not come down, we have to for example to find old
steel from sunken ship's made before the first atom bomb tests to find material that is free of certain isotopes to be used in delicate sensing
equipment and medical equipment which we simply can not make today due to the isotopes in our atmosphere released by those atom bomb tests.
Dumping irradiated water is fine in moderation and to be fair we in the UK have done pretty much the same thing for decades at our nuclear plants on
the coast, we even had our own four mile island but the public were not aware of it.
And then there are all those nuclear powered naval vessels in the world how much do they dump unbeknown to the public and of course entire simply
abandoned operational nuclear reactors left to rot by the Russians and other former Soviet block nations.
So your point is correct but I would NOT call it harmless, far from it but the word you are looking for is - relatively - safe.
It will disperse and the sea has already probably far more radioactive waste dumped in it all around the world but that is not to say it will not
cause harm as it will simply add to the already slowly increasing level of our oceans radioactivity level's albeit a raindrop in a rainstorm compared
to what we have already put into our waters.
So it is still regrettable but if it is the only viable option they have then it is understandable as well, still we really should have moved away
from nuclear power a long time ago, Japan for example has far more than ample Geothermal energy it could have tapped.
Hmm, while a nuclear arsenal would not be popular with the Japanese people it does make you wonder, have they got one in secret for there own self
defence and is China in for a very nasty surprise?.
(that's just me reading into the fact they DO have enrichment capability if they have nuclear power and they really don't need nuclear power though I
can see the selling point but they do have all that geothermal energy right there they should have been using all along, then again maybe the nuclear
option was cheaper at the time).
edit on 13-4-2021 by LABTECH767 because: (no reason given)