While a hugely successful campaign of cover-up and mass deception has buried the Fukushima nuclear disaster deep in the memory whole of a vast majority of the masses the Japanese plant the has suffered ongoing multiple nuclear meltdowns for over two years now is once again making news headlines.
The latest news involves a trio of calamities.
Critical facilities at the plant which cools nuclear rods have gone offline multiple times, which increased the amount of radiation being already being leaked from the plant on a daily basis, with rodents at the plant being fingered as the culprit.
The plants owner, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), has also announced the discovery of massive leaks at the facility which are spewing millions of gallons of water littered with radioactive contamination into the ground beneath the plant.
For those who have note followed the disaster since the onset, the video below is a much watch primer on the federal governments coordinated campaign of deception and cover-up known as plumegate.
With the recent news headlines, activists are continuing the effort to unite the public in a voice of singularity to demand end the propaganda campaign and to get the situation resolved once and for all.
One such effort is a petition on Change.org to demand West Coast Senators investigate the ongoing dangers.
West Coast Senators: : Investigate the ongoing danger from the Fukushima nuclear reactors
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) (202) 224-3553
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D- CA) (202) 224-3841
Senator Ron Wyden (D- OR) (202) 224-5244
Senator Jeff Merkley (D- OR) (202) 224-3753
Senator Cantwell, Maria – (D – WA) (202) 224-3441
Senator Patty Murray (D- WA) (202) 224-2621
Dear West Coast Senators:
We the undersigned are deeply concerned about the radiation danger from the ongoing disaster at the Japanese nuclear complex at Fukushima-Daiichi. We are asking you to conduct a thorough investigation of the continuing damage to West Coast states, and the potential danger of another catastrophe.
We appreciate Senator Wyden’s visit to the site in April 2012, and his subsequent letter of concern to appropriate officials. Evidently there has been no followup. The danger is being ignored. Your investigation would bring much needed attention.
Although the initial meltdown of three reactors, from the earthquake/tsunami of March 11, 2011, occurred over 2 years ago, the complex is still highly unstable, and leaking radiation constantly into the air and water. The Pacific Ocean is more and more contaminated. West Coast marine mammals are dying by the thousands, and West Coast babies are sick. The FDA is not testing food for radiation, although many fish are contaminated, and there have been reports of milk, mushrooms, seaweed being radioactive. Nor is the air along the coast being checked by official agencies.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which runs the facility, has admitted that the disaster was caused by negligence on their part, yet they continue to be in charge of the containment/cleanup process. There are serious mishaps almost daily: pipes break, rats chew through wires and cause power outages, pumps break, containment tanks leak radioactive water into the environment, huge beams fall into fuel pools, etc.
So far, they have been handled, but if any of these problems gets out of control, there will be another nuclear explosion, the facility will have to be abandoned altogether, and the reactor cores and spent fuel pools will emit so much radiation that the West Coast might have to be evacuated. Another 8.0-9.0 earthquake could have the same result, and there are many earthquakes in the region of magnitude 6.0 -7.0.
Meanwhile, TEPCO is secretive, severely limiting access to the complex by journalists and by any experts who are not beholden to the nuclear industry. TEPCO has been accused of doctoring photos and videos to hide cracks in the aging concrete buildings and containment tanks. The workers are overexposed to radiation, underpaid, and must be rotated out after a few months, to be replaced by others with little experience of the facility.
The Japanese government has been accused of lying about the radiation in the area and health problems, and seems more concerned with declaring “normalcy” and safeguarding the nuclear industry than with safeguarding the health and safety of the people.
The financial drain on TEPCO and the Japanese is huge. They are responding to emergencies, dealing with health problems, coping with radioactive fisheries and produce, compensating victims, and working on the daunting task of dismantling the spent fuel pools, which are the most vulnerable to radioactive fire and explosions.
This is an international problem. Many say it is THE most dangerous situation on the planet at this time. It especially affects the residents of West Coast states. Your investigation is urgently needed, to shed light, bring attention, and help find technical and financial solutions.
Please visit Change.org to sign the petition.