However, the point of view of Greenpeace experts is slightly different from the one of the IAEA. They only recognise the safety of the operation in the short term, worrying about the long-term effects.
When asked by a reporter from the Guardian if it was safe to swim in the Fukushima sea in September at the surf festival, the answer was that ‘the problem was not going for a swim there, but “organically bound tritium – over the years, when it gets into seaweed, shellfish or fish and then consumed by humans over a long period. What does that do to human health? It’s difficult to say.” .
This last thought, on the other hand, does not concern Japan only. The Fukushima spill is just an opportunity to shed light on a phenomenon that has already been happening for a while. Nuclear plants in general, including those in China and South Korea, continuously spill diluted radioactive water into the ocean . It would be a good idea to stop using the oceans as a receptacle for everything from solid to liquid waste.