(Pictured: Sachiko Sato (far left) and daughter Mina, 13. AP Photo.
Fukushima survivors and Japanese activists call for protest at UN HQ for nuclear power abolition -- join us!
On that same day New York City is joined by a delegation from Japan calling for an end to nuclear energy worldwide, and calling for the UN to stop promoting nuclear energy. This, in the aftermath of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe.
Ever since March 11, 2011, the people of Japan have been struggling desperately to demand their government take more responsible measures to protect people's -- especially children's -- health from Fukushima's radioactive fallout. Also, the global nuclear establishment, including the US government, states that nuclear power is here to stay, and there is no alternative to it - whatever the cost for our lives. This is not acceptable, especially given the safer, cleaner, and ever more cost effective alternatives of renewables and efficiency.
Please join us and raise our voices together to challenge the United Nations for the abolishment of nuclear energy.
Delegation from Japan includes:
Sachiko Sato, an organic farmer from Fukushima, Japan with her 13- and 17-year old children
Kaori Izumi, director of Shut Tomari, Hokkaido, Japan
Yukiko Anzai, organic farmer, also from near Tomari Nuclear Power Plant in Hokkaido, Japan
Aileen Mioko Smith, Executive Director of Green Action Japan, a veteran anti-nuclear campaigner
PRINT YOUR POSTERS TO HOLD AT THE PROTEST RALLY: http://fukushima.greenacti on-japan.org/
HEAR THE DELEGATION SPEAK EARLIER ON THE SAME DAY AT 12PM: http://www.facebook.com/ev ent.php?eid=120290221404116
Two organic farmers from Japan, their children and fellow Japanese anti-nuclear campaigners made a plea for the safety of Fukushima’s children at a press conference in Washington, DC today.
“Our hearts have been torn apart in the Fukushima community because of the nuclear disaster,” said Sachiko Sato, (pictured far left with Aileen Mioko Smith/AP Photo) a natural farmer from Fukushima Prefecture, who evacuated four of her six children two days after the March 11 Fukushima nuclear reactor catastrophe began. “The community is split among those who evacuated and those who stayed, creating a chasm between former neighbors. This is the first health effect of this catastrophe.”
Mrs. Sato described how, not trusting official figures, she herself measured radiation levels at local schools, finding that 75% of schools should be considered radiation control areas and therefore dangerous for children. Meanwhile, the government raised the allowable radiation dose rate by 20 times to 20 microsieverts per year including for children. “Do they imagine that people can suddenly withstand doses of radiation 20 times greater than were previously allowed?” she asked. Many people cannot evacuate as they would leave behind aging, frail parents, Sato said. “Or they don’t want to lose their job or tear their children away from everything they know. Families have been ripped apart.”
The German industrial and engineering conglomerate, Siemens, following on the heels of its government's decision to abandon nuclear energy, has withdrawn entirely from the nuclear industry. It will build no further nuclear plants and is canceling its nuclear joint venture with Russia's Rosatom. Siemens built all 17 of Germany's existing nuclear plants. Siemens chief executive, Peter Loescher, (pictured) praised the Merkel government's decision to close all its nuclear plants by 2022 and aim for an 80% to 100% renewable energy economy by 2050, calling it "a project of the century."
As reported by the Newburyport News, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has decided to proceed "full steam ahead" with the Seabrook license extension proceeding, despite a legal intervention by Beyond Nuclear and environmental allies to suspend the proceeding in the wake of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe.
In addition, Beyond Nuclear at the Fermi 3 new reactor proceeding, and the Davis-Besse license extension proceeding, and environmental allies at many additional old and new reactor proceedings, including new reactor design certification proceedings, have been rebuffed by the NRC Commissioners in a parallel call for license and design certification proceeding suspensions in the wake of Fukushima. At the time of the Three Mile Island meltdown in 1979, the NRC effectively suspended any and all license proceedings for a year and half. Not so this time, in the aftermath of the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.
The Patriot Ledger has also reported this story, in the context of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant near Boston, Massachusetts. In this case, NRC rejected filings by not only an environmental watchdog, Pilgrim Watch, but even the State of Massachusetts Attorney General's office. A unique exception to NRC's full speed rubber stamp of 20 year license extensions, Mary "Pixie" Lampert at Pilgrim Watch has managed to keep the Pilgrim license extension proceeding tied up for going-on six years now, raising issues such as related to significantly flawed "severe accident mitigation alternatives" (SAMA) analyses. Mary has generously assisted Beyond Nuclear with similar contentions in its intervention against the Davis-Besse license extension in Ohio.