The Japanese government sits on its hands. The Tokyo Electric Company (TEPCO) hides the truth.
Decisions just take too long or are not made at all. Among victims in Fukushima and throughout the northern Tohoku region, patience is running thin.
Therefore, local citizens and NGOs are taking the fate of the land in their own hands. They hope to decontaminate Fukushima with the help of growing sunflowers and other plants that can remove cesium from the soil. The process is called “Phyto-remediation“, and it can safely sequester or absorb toxic chemicals. There is no need to excavate the contaminated soil and try to dispose of it elsewhere – the bandaid solution proposed by the government and TEPCO. “Hyper-accumulators“, like amaranthus, up to 40 times more efficient than sunflowers, can reduce the contamination by up to 10% per year, which means in a little more than 10 years, Fukushima could be cesium-free. But this can only happen if the cesium can be safely separated from the biomass.
And that’s where we come in.
Our goal is to help the people of Fukushima with the next step – providing a solution for the safe and secure processing of the cesium-laden biomass after harvesting, and storage of the small amount of radioactive residue.
Cartoon: Courtesy of Roger Dahl.