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A Japanese official has drunk a glass of decontaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant to show it is safe for use.
After being grilled by reporters in Tokyo about the safety of decontaminated water from the Fukushima plant, government official Yasuhiro Sonoda produced a glass of the water and began drinking it.
The water was purified after being pumped from the basements of the number 5 and 6 reactors at Fukushima.
It had contained elevated levels of radioactive caesium.
Asked if he was trying to ease public concern, Mr Sonoda said he drank the water because he was asked to, adding that his actions do not mean the water is safe to drink.
"Just drinking [decontaminated water] doesn't mean safety has been confirmed, I know that," Mr Sonoda said. "Presenting data to the public is the best way."
The plant's operator and the government insist the level of radioactive caesium in the decontaminated water is below the safe limit for bathing.
Radioactive contaminants spewed into the environment from the Fukushima facility following reactor meltdowns and explosions triggered by the massive earthquake and tsunami of March 11.
More than seven months after the disaster, tens of thousands of people remain evacuated from their homes and businesses in a 20-kilometre no-go zone around the plant and in pockets beyond that.
Fully decontaminating those areas is expected to take decades.
Radiation will stay in the Chernobyl area for the next 48,000 years.
No he would be fine, decontaminating water is a fairly easy process and we can make it perfectly clean these days. That’s why people shouldn’t be scared about recycled water; its no different to regular water and because of the treatment, actually safer and cleaner.
Originally posted by BigBruddah
Well if it actually is water from one of the reactors good luck to him... Hes either very brave or very stupid.
I also wonder if he would drink milk, considering its been show to have radiation.
Yep it’s a process that has to happen naturally all the time. If it wasn’t possible we wouldn’t be able to drink water because it would always be contaminated.
Originally posted by OathKeeper
Reverse osmosis and iron exchange are said to be effective methods to remove radiation from water. I read 8 inches of sand, that is of course not contaminated, is enough to remove radiation from water. Using the info in the above link one could conceivably make a more complex system to deal with radiation. One method is to separate the different filtration layers into separate water containers that drip into each other.
Larger stones in the first bottle with a coffee filter towards the bottom that feeds into another bottle that has smaller stones to another that has fine sand, to another that has activated charcoal. I always wanted to try this using 55 gallon plastic water drums and see how it goes.