Despite ongoing large-scale releases of hazardous radioactivity into the ocean and the atmosphere, U.S. federal agencies such as EPA, NOAA, and FDA, have announced that they have decided to not perform emergency radiological monitoring to guard against radioactive contamination caused by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power catastrophe in Japan. As if dilution into the environment means disappearance into nothingness. Completely ignored by this decision is the phenomenon of bio-accumulation and bio-concentration up the food chain, which reverses the dilution process. Deluding the public into complacency seems to be the aim.
Beyond Nuclear, in alliance with Don't Waste Michigan, has issued a media release accusing Entergy Nuclear of indefinitely postponing multiple, vital safety repairs -- and NRC of letting them get away with it. The 44 year old atomic reactor, which just began its NRC-approved 20 year license extension on March 24th, needs its reactor lid replaced, its steam generators replaced, its emergency sumps upgraded, and its fire protection regulations upgraded. In addition, Palisades' high-level radioactive waste dry cask storage -- just 100 yards from the water of Lake Michigan -- remains vulnerable to earthquakes; Palisades' indoor pool, storing many hundreds of tons of high-level radioactive waste, remains vulnerable to disruptions of the primary electric grid, as it lacks any backup power. Any one of these risks could lead to Chernobyl- or Fukushima-scale radioactivity releases in the heart of the Great Lakes, source of drinking water for 40 million people in the U.S., Canada, and many Native American First Nations. (In the photo above, Mike Keegan, Alice Hirt, and Kevin Kamps of Don't Waste Michigan's board of director speak out against the reactor and radioactive waste risks at Palisades during the Aug. 2000 Nuclear-Free Great Lakes Action Camp; Palisades' cooling tower steam is visible in the background; the crosses bear the names of surrounding downwind communities that could be ruined in the event of a catastrophic radioactivity release).
Please support Former Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy, Admiral L. Ramdas, by endorsing his letter of protest to Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, at the Indian government's decision to continue with the massive Jaitapur reactor project. Sign the petition today. As Admiral Ramdas writes:
"I am taking the unusual step of sending this direct request because I believe that the announcement by the PMO on the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl, to continue with the proposed French-built nuclear power park at Jaitapur is a serious mistake with long term implications for our people.
Along with several others I participated in the “Tarapur to Jaitapur” Yatra (march) in Maharashtra, to protest against the proposed nuclear plant in Jaitapur. We did not reach Jaitapur because many of us were detained/arrested for participating in this peaceful protest.
It is well known that the Jaitapur nuclear plant is on an earthquake-prone zone and the French EPR reactors have not yet been tested anywhere in the world. Surprisingly the government has rejected the demands to cancel the project, which will result in the loss of land and livelihoods for many. Further, the government has shown disregard for the views of the many scientists, academics, military and other citizens from the rest of the country calling for a review of its earlier decisions on nuclear power plants. "
Japanese anti-nuclear groups grill federal ministries over 20 millisievert/year "permissible" radiation dose for Fukushima school children
Japanese anti-nuclear power groups Green Action, Mihama-no-Kai, Fukuro-no-Kai, Mihama-no-Kai, and Friends of the Earth Japan met with various Japanese federal government ministries on May 2nd to urge that the 20 millisievert per year (or 2 rem per year) "allowable" radiation dose rate for children in determining usage of school yards and buildings can not stand and must be rescinded. Based on facts garnered from the meeting, the groups fired off a long series of pointed questions to the various Japanese federal government ministries, demanding answers.
"Furious parents in Fukushima have delivered a bag of radioactive playground earth to education officials in protest at moves to weaken nuclear safety standards in schools.
"Children can now be exposed to 20 times more radiation than was previously permissible. The new regulations have prompted outcry. A senior adviser resigned and the prime minister, Naoto Kan, was criticised by politicians from his own party." Guardian