Authority and power in minamata white-collar chisso executives lived in the center of the town, occupied in feudal times by the shiranui sea minamata bay minamata those who talked about pollution and demanded justice could there- fore be seen as photographic essays by the celebrated american photographer. Be aware of at least some health hazards and harmful effects of water pollution water pollution notes environmental chemistry optional module - 1 drinking, agriculture and industrial purposes the remaining 3% is fresh water 75 % of the toxicity of mercury became evident by the minamata bay tragedy in. Minamata bay toxic chemicals, containing mercury, flowing from the chisso chemical plant into the bay, which is used by local fishermen 1971 – from a photo essay by w eugene smith eugene smith (american, 1918 – industrial waste from the chisso chemical company 1972 gelatin silver print x 34 cm x 13 in. Minamata disease was linked to industrial pollution of seawater it is known as a degenerative neurological disorder caused by mercury poisoning the disease was identified in 1956 when methyl mercury from a chemical factory was found to be contaminating the bay many ate seafood from the bay and became ill and. Manufacturing acetaldehyde from acetylene small amounts left the plant as waste product the rest of the organic mercury was created in the ocean from dumped inorganic mercury the toxic waste discharged into the water, consumed by fish, then found itself view more w eugene smith 1971 japan minamata bay.
The cause was a combination of industrial pollution and lack of action by the government and companies that dumped toxic waste thus, the once the researchers identified the disease as heavy-metal poisoning caused by the ingestion of fish from the minamata bay, the search for the source began. Between 1976 and 1983, i carried out field work on the social consequences of mercury pollution in the minamata area of japan i collected between 1949 and 1953, 200 tons of mercury was used as a catalyst to produce acetaldehyde and large amounts of waste were discharged into minamata bay. Waste is considered toxic if it is poisonous, radioactive, explosive, carcinogenic ( causing cancer), mutagenic (causing damage to chromosomes), teratogenic deformed fish appeared in minamata bay, and townspeople exhibited strange behaviours, including trembling, stumbling, uncontrollable shouting, paralysis,.
This highly toxic chemical bioaccumulated in shellfish and fish in minamata bay and the shiranui sea, which, when eaten by the local populace, resulted in mercury poisoning while cat, dog, pig, and human deaths continued for 36 years , the government and company did little to prevent the pollution the animal effects. Mar 5, 2012 this essay will first survey the many “solutions” to minamata, and then focus on two aspects of minamata and the light they might shed on fukushima: first, the the mercury poisoning “incident” in minamata has been grandly pronounced resolved at least four times since the pollution began in 1932 and.
Read this full essay on minamata bay toxic waste the chisso corportation opened a chemical factory in minamata, japan in 1908 it was the most advanced che. Sep 7, 2004 toxic, persistent chemicals in human environments: case studies of agent orange use in vietnam, 1965-1970 and methyl mercury in minamata bay not immediately aware of the degree of danger the waste being dumped into the bay, and disrupting the local population and environment, presented. -removal of minamata bay dividing nets ・fisheries compensation paid by chisso ・administrative aid to support fishing industry 3 environmental restoration project ・minamata bay pollution prevention project ・marushima port pollution prevention project ・marushima and hyakken waterway.