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From Phil

by on October 5, 2013

From Phil

30 becquerels, 200,000 becquerels, umm sounds close…

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  1. This relates closely to the contamination seen in shantytowns and fence-line/corporate towns like those that we have been studying in class. The plants are pouring extremely high and dangerous levels of toxins into the air, water and soil that make up the environments of these towns. This toxic water problem in Japan shows that plants are creating much more waste than is healthy or tolerable. In the shantytown of Flammable and in Norco, LA, residents are facing long term health defects due to contamination like this. Unlike most of the plants we have seen in relationships with their neighboring towns, in which they deny that the contamination is originating with them, here with this example we know for a fact that this company has polluted entire stock piles of water. Legal limits and regulations are clearly not being adhered to with these plants, and they are endangering their close neighbors while trying not to be blamed for the problems. Luckily in this situation, the contamination was mostly contained and regulated within the compound.

  2. This article truly illustrates how human society contributes to environmental degradation. Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s carelessness led to yet another overflow of contaminated water. As a result, the cleanup will last decades and Japan’s government will have to use their own funds to improve waste management at Tepco. Research shows that the water leaked contained 200,000 becquerels per liter of beta-emitting radioactive isotopes; the legal limit is 30 becquerels per liter. Tepco’s failure to adhere to the legal limit as well as ignorance when filling tanks to the brim with contaminated water has left a devastating impact on the Pacific Ocean. Tepco’s objective is similar to that of the growth machine’s in New Orleans; both groups exploit environmental welfare for their own profits and well-being. Their lack of concern for surrounding residents and the environment lead to catastrophic events. When events such as this occur, where contaminated water is leaked, the government must use their energy to fix the problem. Instead of using funds to come up with better environmentally-friendly solutions, the government has to use their funds to correct problems created by corporations, such as Tepco. Corporations must be carefully regulated; certainly, this incident with Fukushima’s nuclear plant highlights another example of how humans and corporations vastly contribute to environmental deterioration and harm.

  3. This article was very disturbing to read. It shows how humans do not respect our environment that we live in. The company refused many times that they were not spilling toxic water into the ocean while they finally later admitted they were and it was even over the legal limit. This is possibly one of the worst things for our environment. While i was reading this article, I drew comparisons to BP oil spill. Like BP, they said that they could clean up everything they spilled while they knew that was nearly impossible. Like BP, this industry was probably thinking the ocean is so huge that it cant hurt it that much. While in actuality, this event is going to hurt many different aspects of our environment. This is why we have so many environmental problems because people are not aware of how their decisions effect everyone else in our world.

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