Monday, January 13, 2014

How to reduce the effects of radioactive pollution in Fukushima area?

The 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident caused major radioactive pollution in the area, and Japanese scientists are still gathering the data to fully determine the impact of radioactive contamination on wildlife in the area. There is no doubt that the total impact was huge as the large quantity of radioactivity has been released into the atmosphere, and scientists now also need to come up with the fast solutions to reduce the effects of radioactive pollution in Fukushima area.

There is one latest study by the Japanese scientists from the University of Tsukuba that has gathered plenty of attention. In this study the researchers named seventeen microalgae, aquatic plants and algae species that are able to efficiently remove radioactive cesium, iodine and strontium from the environment.

Adding these species in the equation together with existing bioremedial options could help decrease the effets of radioactive pollution in the Fukushima area.

The researchers have also reported that the amount of water polluted with radioactive elements is increasing at daily level because of the continuous injection of cool water and the incurrent of underground water into the still defective reactor.

The researchers are convinced that using these algae species could help decontaminate highly polluted water stored in Fukushima's nuclear reactor building because these algae species have the ability to accumulate cesium on its cell surface.

Before actually using these algae species the researchers need further studies on the mass cultivation and efficient coagulation though they are convinced that using algae species could be one of the most important solutions to decrease the effects of radioactive pollution in the Fukushima area.

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