Yanran Qian

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At the moment, environmental pollution is a very serious problem, and it will affect every one of us. The nuclear waste water discharge plan will allow radioactive materials to enter the ocean and spread to the entire earth along with ocean currents, thereby causing ocean pollution. Marine pollution accounts for a large proportion of environmental pollution, so I think this is a topic worthy of attention.

In 2011, a serious accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan's Fukushima prefecture, caused by an earthquake and tsunami, led to a series of nuclear meltdowns, hydrogen explosions, and the release of radioactive pollutants. About 154,000 people were evacuated from the community around the plant after the accident. During and after the nuclear plant accident, large amounts of radioactive water were released into the Pacific Ocean. According to the study of (Michio 2012), about 30 billion radioactive cesium-137 are released into the Pacific Ocean every day. Not only that, but more nuclear water continued to pour into the Pacific Ocean after the accident.

In fact, small fish and shrimp in the sea tend to gather in pit on the seafloor, and radioactive sediment has settled in 150 square miles of the seafloor near the Fukushima plant. Radiation levels there are hundreds of times higher than in other areas, which can cause radioactive material to enter fish and shrimp bodies and mutate.

Moreover, the nuclear waste water used to cool the reactors has been stored in tanks at the site since the accident, with a total storage capacity of about 1.37 million cubic meters, which is expected to be filled around 2022. On April 13, 2021, the Japanese government announced that TEPCO is expected to start discharging nuclear waste water in 2023. The decision sparked public anger and protests, especially from China and South Korea, the countries closest to Fukushima, which expressed strong condemnation and protest.

Therefore, the author hopes to express her opinion against nuclear wastewater discharge by creating this project to support the protesters and scientists who want to protect the Marine ecology. This science-fiction comic is based on research into a real-life nuclear wastewater discharge project, and is likely to be read by anyone who opposes nuclear pollution.