In the United Kingdom we hear little about Fukushima these days. It is as though the nuclear accident never happened as we get on with organising the finance, at taxpayer’s risk and expense, of new nuclear generating power stations in so called partnership with the French energy firm, EDF. However, the world is a small place and radioactivity from the Fukushima accident is beginning to spread,
Trace amounts of Caesium-134 and Caesium-137 have been found in the waters near Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Its only source is Fukushima. Of course trace amounts are not in themselves dangerous, as far as we know, so there is no need to panic – yet.
It is very hard to understand precisely how much radiation is still leaking from Fukushima and what steps are being taken to contain leaks. The matter is shrouded in secrecy. Canadians have no immediate cause for concern neither do Californians; the North Pacific Ocean between Japan and North America is a large place, and should contain all known radiation leaks, but there is a fear that we are not told about all radiation leaks.
The Fukushima accident happened four years ago, and devastated the economy and lives of many Japanese people. Today the world is occupied with other dangers which the world believes to be more threatening than a nuclear accident. While humans fight each other, caesium leaks from Fukushima.
Tokyo Electric Power Co, which owns the nuclear plant at Fukushima has promised that it will start disclosing all data of leaks, instead of covering up the data. It has taken them four years to make this promise and we have yet to see it fulfilled.