There is a lot of denial around the ongoing danger from the spent fuel pools at the reactors crippled by the earthquake and tsunami last year. Radiation is now accumulating off the California shore. If there is another big earthquake, not unlikely, the released radiation might be far greater than Chernobyl, and coastal California might have to evacuate.
Senator Wyden from Oregon toured Fukushima a couple of weeks ago,
and was frightened by what he saw. His press release was buried by the
MSM. This petition is an attempt to raise consciousness so that
measures can be taken before another catastrophe occurs.
The link is click here; Text of the petition is below. Please sign, and help recruit other signers.
Peace, Carol Wolman, MD
Past President- West Coast Physicians for Social Responsibility
Dear California Senators,
Please join Senator Wyden, your colleague from Oregon, by investigating the ongoing danger from the Fukushima nuclear reactors
The spent fuel pools at Fukushima are a bomb waiting to go off. Each pool contains irradiated fuel from several years of operation, making for an extremely large radioactive inventory without a strong containment structure that encloses the reactor cores;
Several pools are now completely open to the atmosphere because the reactor buildings were demolished by explosions; they are about 100 feet above ground and could possibly topple or collapse from structural damage coupled with another powerful earthquake;
The loss of water exposing the spent fuel will result in overheating can cause melting and ignite its zirconium metal cladding -- resulting in a fire that could deposit large amounts of radioactive materials over hundreds of miles.
Fukushima is in an active earthquake zone. The urgency of the situation is underscored by the ongoing seismic activity around NE Japan in which 13 earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 - 5.7 have occurred off the NE coast of Honshu last week in the 4 days between 4/14 and 4/17. This has been the norm since the first quake and tsunami hit the site on March 11th of last year. Larger quakes are expected closer to the power plant. http://www.countercurrents.org/alvarez240412.htm
California is downwind from Japan. Radiation from the earthquake hit is increasing. click here
A Chernobyl type explosion from the spent fuel pools could force coastal California to evacuate for decades.
Tepco and the Japanese government lack the staggering resources- up to $250 billion- to clean up Fukushima before another disaster happens. Tepco's timeline is way too slow- 10 years to contain the spent fuel ponds.
We urge the California Senators to join Oregon Senator Wyden in touring Fukushima, and then investigate the risks, with an eye to mobilizing US and international support for the cleanup.