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Japan Emergency Shows Nuclear Energy Simply Too Risky

March 13, 2011

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Meteorological officials warned that there is a 70 percent chance that a magnitude 7 aftershock could hit Japan in the next three days, which could pose another risk to already unstable nuclear reactors. Source: NPR

Today we come to find out four of Japan’s nuclear reactors are in danger of a meltdown. Earthquakes and Tsunamis cannot be avoided, but nuclear power plants are manmade and the entire situation in Japan is now untenable and the building of new power plants, indefensible. The facts are simple. The gravity of what has happened makes clear that nuclear energy is a threat to the entire planet. We cannot control nature and thus we cannot control nuclear power plants. Most of the plants in Japan are state of the art – but their superior construction it is not good enough to withstand the force of the major earthquake which occurred on March 11th. We are witnessing hydrogen explosions, cracks in the structures allowing radiated steam to escape into the air, crumbling of structures, build-up of hydrogen, and leakage of highly dangerous radioactive particles, like the highly toxic Cesium-137. While nuclear experts are making their assessments and asserting the manageability of the situation, here is what is happening at ground zero:

Japanese officials struggled on Sunday to contain a quickly escalating nuclear crisis in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake and tsunami, saying they presumed that partial meltdowns had occurred at two crippled reactors, and that they were bracing for a second explosion, even as they appeared to face cooling problems at two more plants and international nuclear experts said radiation had leaked from a fourth.

Plus, over 200,000 have been evacuated from these areas; and many Japanese workers have already suffered radiation poisoning; plus we have no idea the fallout that will affect the ground, air, ocean, and wildlife.

It is unconscionable that industries have put our world in such peril. The building of these facilities is not by consensus, not by permission of the vote, not by power granted from the people. It is collusion between powerful interests, corporations and literally power brokers to build and maintain these facilities. It is one more glaring example of corporate power run amok. And it is also an example of how these particular corporations view the value of human life — expendable.

Who Owns U.S. Nuclear Power Plants? Download this list from Nuclear Energy Institute:
US_Nuclear_Power_Plant_Operators_Owners_and_Holding_Companies

The NEI has created timeline and a new fact sheet, “Radiation and the Japanese Nuclear Reactors,” which describes the events at the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini nuclear plants in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami nearby. Also a description of radiation dose limits and exposures to workers and the public in the United States, with a placeholder for radiation doses at the affected reactors in Japan.

Go here to view the timeline and read the report

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U.S. Nuclear Industry Faces New Uncertainty

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