Our Freeze our Fukushimas! campaign is off to a flying start! More than 3,500 of you have already signed on as co-petitioners to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (see article below) to suspend the operating licenses of our own Fukushimas - the GE Mark I boiling water reactors operating on US soil. We don't want to spend your generous contributions on advertising fees but we still need to get the word out. Won't you please download our new Freeze our Fukushimas! advertisement here; place it in your newsletters; send it to your email lists; submit it to friendly publications; and put it on your websites and Facebook pages. If you need a JPG, please download that here. Or use the PDF version. Many thanks!
"Already the radioactivity from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has contaminated groundwater and seawater, the air and soil.
Now it has somehow seeped into sewage in dozens of treatment plants.
Radioactive caesium has been found in sewage sludge in treatment facilities from Hokkaido in the north to Osaka in the west, as well as in Tokyo.
So serious is the problem that Japan doesn't know where to put the growing pile of contaminated waste." ABC
The Tokyo metropolitan government has decided to take radiation readings at 100 sites around the city and to measure at ground level and near ground level. The city was previously taking readings only from a 19-meter high monitoring station in Tokyo. The action was prompted after citizens began finding higher readings that those released by the city government.
...as this AP picture shows, with the Ft. Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska now completely surrounded by water as levels continue to rise in the Missouri River.
Following the June-July 1993 flooding along the Missouri River, the NRC published Information Notice 94-27 which revealed that while giving safety assurances to the public during the flooding around the Cooper nuclear power station near Brownville, Nebraska, water was actually coming into the reactor building and rising on safety-related electrical circuits vital to reactor cooling even with the unit in shutdown. Floor drains can become fountains. There is additional concern from rising flood water inundating an on-site auxillary building and the reactor's "spent" fuel storage pool now located on the nuclear island in our midwest.
"Highly toxic radioactive strontium has been found in groundwater near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
It is the first time the substance has been detected in groundwater near the plant's No. 1 and No. 2 reactors.
The operator of the Fukushima plant has also confirmed strontium up to 240 times the legal limit has been found in seawater near the facility.
Strontium tends to accumulate in bones and can cause bone cancer and leukaemia.
"Last week, soil samples from outside the Fukushima plant also revealed concentrations of strontium." ABC News
Fukushima city officials say they will distribute radiation readers to 30,000 children between the ages of four and 15. ABC News
News reports vary as to when the children will receive the badges.