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Op-Ed: Japan/Missouri face clean-up of thousands of dead sardines & fish

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By Mindy Allan     Jun 9, 2012 in Food
Around the world, the number of dead zones, some of which are naturally occurring, increased from 149 in 2003 to more than 200 in 2006, according to a 2008 report by the United Nations Environmental Program.
In Lee's Summit, Missouri thousands of dead carp were found floating in Blue Springs Lake just before Memorial Day.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is looking into what might have caused the deaths and said the water was safe to swim in.
Energy news reports tons and tons of dead sardines have been washing up in Isumi City of Chiba Prefecture, at the Ohara port in Japan. Chiba is just south of Fukushima, and east of Tokyo.
According to news reports, the fish starting washing up on June 3, 2012. There are two possibilities of why the fish died. The Kuroshio Current runs off the coast of Japan from the north to the south. One scenario could be contaminated nuclear waste water that was released into the ocean from the Fukshima plant, that continues to have problems.
It was reported by RT that 7 tons of radioactive waste water every hour was being ocean after the Fukushima accident. Paul Gunther Director, Reactor Oversight, Beyond Nuclear Power, projected that this would happen in April of 2011.
In March of 2011 millions of dead and dying sardines were found in King Harbor Marina, Redondo Beach. San Onofre nuclear plant which has been plagued with problems is close by. Was there a possibility of contaminated water escaping from the plant?
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission put the San Onofre nuclear plant on notice in 2008 after learning that workers had falsified some records. Other problems were reported in recent years, including an accidental shutdown of a backup system. If there was a leak evidence shows that the truth wouldn't be told.
Another theory for the dead fish around the world is the entry of fertilizers washing into streams, rivers, and eventually the oceans.
Today oceans are showing a parallel to the Permian-Triassic extinction, also known as the Great Dying which eradicated 95 percent of marine species when the oceans lost their oxygen about 250 million years ago.
The contamination of land and the sea by the carelessness of man is taking its toll.....
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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