Letter: Nuclear Disaster

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Letter to the Editor

No country has been able to develop a commercially viable nuclear industry. The industry is kept alive by the will of governments through taxpayer subsidies.

Yet, the United States government has failed us because they don’t analyze ocean waters for radioactivity. They leave the testing to the polluters. Do you feel informed? Safe? I don’t. 

I found the 2013 Annual Radiological Environmental Operating Report online: Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013, prepared by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

In this report, they mention that isotopic releases from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant were carried by jet stream to the west coast of the United States in March 2011. Also, cesium attributed to a rain washout of Fukushima fallout isotopes during March 2011 rain events.  

Increases in radioactive fall out the same month as the accident. But, there is no follow up to the continuing “caldrons of hell” at Fukushima, releasing three hundred tons of radioactive contaminated water into the ocean (and air) every day for the past four years. 

At all nuclear plants there are over 100 radioactive chemicals produced by fission, not found in nature. Some are deadly dangerous, only a handful tested.

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect,” Chief Seattle said.

Valerie Sklarevsky