US Senator Issues Press Release on Fukushima Spent Fuel Pools — Urges Japan to accept international help — Warns situation worse than reported after touring plant

Published: April 16th, 2012 at 3:32 pm ET
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APRIL 23 UPDATE: New Interview: Fukushima poses lethal risk to US West Coast, says Senator -- Another bomb waiting to go off -- Extreme nuclear vulnerability, especially in Reactor No. 4

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Title: After Tour of Fukushima Nuclear Power Station, Wyden Says Situation Worse than Reported
Source: Press Release of Senator Wyden
Date: Monday, April 16, 2012

After Tour of Fukushima Nuclear Power Station, Wyden Says Situation Worse than Reported

Urges Japanese Ambassador to Accept International Help to Mitigate Continued Nuclear Risks

Washington, D.C. – After an onsite tour of what remains of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facilities decimated by last year’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) a senior member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, sent a letter to Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki looking for ways to advance and support clean-up and recovery efforts. Wyden’s principal concern is the relocation of spent fuel rods currently being stored in unsound structures immediately adjacent to the ocean. He strongly urged the Ambassador to accept international help to prevent dangerous nuclear material from being released into the environment.

“The scope of damage to the plants and to the surrounding area was far beyond what I expected and the scope of the challenges to the utility owner, the government of Japan, and to the people of the region are daunting,” Wyden wrote in the letter. “The precarious status of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear units and the risk presented by the enormous inventory of radioactive materials and spent fuel in the event of further earthquake threats should be of concern to all and a focus of greater international support and assistance.”

Wyden visited Fukushima on April 6, 2012 while on a Congressional delegation trip to the region. He and a staff member wore radiation suits as they toured the facility and met with workers and managers from the Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO, which is responsible for the clean-up. Wyden found that the facilities designed to house spent nuclear fuel and the reactors themselves were still in a state of disrepair and located in areas that would make them susceptible to further damage from future seismic events. The reactor buildings still contain large amounts of spent fuel – making them a huge safety risk and the only protection from a future tsunami, Wyden observed, is a small, makeshift sea wall erected out of bags of rock.

Wyden is also sending letters today to U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Greg Jaczko asking them to identify additional resources and assistance that their agencies could provide to Japan to address these risks.

More about Fukushima Daiichi’s Spent Fuel Pools:

Wyden’s letter to US Ambassador to Japan Ichiro Fujisaki

Published: April 16th, 2012 at 3:32 pm ET
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88 comments to US Senator Issues Press Release on Fukushima Spent Fuel Pools — Urges Japan to accept international help — Warns situation worse than reported after touring plant

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      DAMN MODERATOR STILL HASN'T LET IT THROUGH. Anybody else wanna try?


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      • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

        I have written Sen. Wyden a few times regarding Fuku. Very happy to read this headline, and hope you all will take a few minutes to email Ron Wyden and let him know how much you appreciate his attention to Fukushima.

        http://wyden.senate.gov/contact/

        Here is a copy of the email I just sent him.

        Dear Senator Wyden,
        A heartfelt thank you for speaking out about and offering assistance to the ongoing Fukushima disaster. It is so refreshing to hear someone in the government offering anything but silence on this issue. For the first time in many years, I feel a sense of pride in one of my representatives. I also feel a small sense of relief seeing the deafening silence shattered about the china syndrome that is Fukushima. Please don't stop addressing this issue, and thank you for shining some light on this world changing event.
        I am an Oregonian and you can count on my vote regardless of the office you seek for the rest of my life, and all for this one small but immensely important act.

        With Gratitude and Respect,


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        • StillJill StillJill

          @PoorDaddy–that my friend,…is a 5-star letter!

          Letters like that make his job more than bearable!

          Thanks PD! :-)


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          • jump-ball jump-ball

            OT, but PBS tonight has 2 shows relevant to Fuku:

            "Nature" #431, 'Radioactive Wolves' a repeat from Oct. 2011, on animal survival in the contaminated Chernobyl area, at 10PM pacific, and

            "Nova", Nat'l Geo #639, "Secrets of the Sun", new tonight at 11PM pacific, on solar CMEs and possible effects on earth electric grids, and nuclear cooling.


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        • Anthony Anthony

          A+

          There`s no place on Earth I love as much as Oregon.


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        • Sickputer

          Another letter sent to the Senator (hope he didn't get sick from his tour)

          Thank you for having the courage to stand up against the mass media censorship of the Fukushima disaster. As you know now from your trip the situation is dire in Japan. Nuclear fallout has affected America over the past 13 months. Things could get worse in a hurry if Unit 4 collapses. The resulting nuclear fallout cloud will be 85 times worse than Chernobyl. America will be severely contaminated as we are on the same latitude as Japan and the prevailing jetstream blows from Japan and brings the toxins quickly to America (40 hours). Numerous massive plumes have already contaminated the west coast inland to the Rockies. The government turned off radiation monitors to prevent panic. The governments (state and federal) are not checking migratory fish such as tuna and salmon that travel to the west coast from contaminated Japanese waters. Hilary Clinton signed in March 2011 an agreement with the Japanese that we would accept all imports ( food and other goods) without testing for radiation. The Japanese are buying imported food to eat and selling contaminated food abroad. I ask your help in bronging these concerns to the attention of the American people. We can handle bad news…but we do not appreciate government lies. Please Google enenews.com to find the truth about Fukushima. My username is Sickputer.


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        • Sheryl

          Thank you for your continuing effort to improve this dangerous situation. I tried to email Senator Wyden, but the system won't allow emails from people who don't live in Oregon. I am not sure what to do about that. Do you have any suggestions?


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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      The LIST is growing.

      List Of Countries/Nations Closing Down ALL Nuclear Power Plants; via A Green Road Blog
      http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/list-of-countries-closing-down-all.html


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    • Maybe when writing we can encourage the senator to involve his collegues such as Bernie Sanders, Edward Markey and A.G. Crowe who already have experience emploring corps.gov with BP's nasty Corexit unleashed and aerosolized in the Gulf of Mexico

      http://www.agcrowe.com/pg-51-44-corexit.aspx

      http://globalwarming.house.gov/spillcam

      Since there was no detailed mention of the "risks" of radiation by Mr. Wyden, perhaps some would also like to share with him specifics on the effects of man-made radiation to children and other living organisms
      http://realitycheck.no-ip.info/forum/index.php/topic,152.0.html


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  • Wow.

    We were right, it is serious (understatement), and people are starting to notice.


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  • dodge

    It's a start. Should be national news, but likely will only be covered by a few special interest sites. The letter addresses a specific problem in Japan, but fails to note the many locations in the United States and around the world, where this same type of storage is permitted and perhaps contain even greater dangers. Just imagine one of great lakes attempting to survive the pollution the Pacific is enduring? I believe that the world should be helping Japan, but even more important is our Senate and House need to be establishing a long term waste fuel storage plan for our nation, and we need to dramatically decrease the spent fuel in our active reactor storage pools. This is the conversation which we must demand. No license renewal or extension as well as a policy of no new nukes until significant reduction of spent fuel takes place and long term agreements to provide sealed, safe, guarded, backed up, and permanent storage location is operational. Will it be difficult to site, of course (It's why we avoided the discussion). Will it be dangerous to transport? (clearly it will require special regulations, equipment and permits) Is it necessary? Only if we are unwilling to risk the type or crisis facing Japan today. Sen Wyden, your work is just starting, but I'm glad for the beginning.


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  • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

    My thanks to Admin also for publishing this. I would like to see the response his letters generate.


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  • stopnp stopnp

    Wow. It only took over year. I guess this congressman has been watching youtube. Or visiting enenews. Or exskf. Or enformable. Or Fukushima diary…

    It's nice something may actually be done about it. Before it catches fire again :)


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    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      I suspect it has more to do with that farm that will not grow food anymore… too hot! Too much Fuku there… so, he probably also has measurements that we do not.. and probably knows what other farms in his state that should not be growing food ever again. Wonder where Tillamook is in relationship, not just a farm, but a dairy farm…?

      Not trying to be debbie downer, nor detract from finally hearing something from the elected..

      ..and "future use and development of this energy and technology?" is party line bullshit from either side..


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      • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

        Tillamook is directly on the coast of Oregon approx dues west of Portland.

        It is famous for Tillamook Cheese (brand) products.
        Lots of dairy farm support in the surrounding area.

        I work in Portland.
        It is a slow go for me processing the idea that we got hit with the fallout as bad as we did (according to one of the recent posts).
        Tillamook likely got a very similar dose.


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    • stopnp,
      These folks are in the know ! Inter circle !

      : |


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  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    The United States and Russia, etc have been offering help and…..I do hope this time they say "Yes we need all the help we can get. I just hope someone can find a solution.


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  • arclight arclight

    wow! … speechless!! top man Ron Wyden!


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  • dave14139

    About time our government got interested in this disaster. Kudos to this senator.


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  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Great. Best news here for a while!!
    Like!


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  • What-About-The-Kids

    Thank you a thousand times over, Senator Wyden! Now why haven't any of your colleagues in the Senate also stepped up to the plate on this urgent issue? The time to act was YESTERDAY! Let's get to work NOW!


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  • What-About-The-Kids

    P.S. But did you really have to add the line about the need for "future use and development of this energy and technology?"

    I know, I know… it's all part of that ugly game we call "politics." Too bad some forward-thinking folks couldn't come up with an alternate system that instead values truth and integrity, and not vacillation, sweet-talking and just plain lying. :-(


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    • I noticed that line. I also noticed what was left out.

      He mentions the hydrogen explosions, but there is no mention of the triple 'meltdowns'.

      He also FAILS to mention the ongoing low dose fallout that's currently affecting the northern hemisphere.

      He neglects to say anything about the mega amounts of ocean contamination that is also spreading and accumulating simultaneously.

      He DOES seem to stress, several times, the level of urgency and that's a good thing. Better than most anyone else has done. Perhaps his state being one on the front line is a motivating factor?

      Here's one of my Favorite videos from the state of Oregon.

      :) Trojan Nuke Plant Demolition :
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf2J6-729Qw&feature=BFa&list=FLMuTIV5_ZSKPEJE1r9Fs_hA&lf=plcp


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  • What-About-The-Kids

    Make that: "…of this energy technology."


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  • SteveMT

    <b>UPI: Future of Japan's nuclear energy uncertain</b>
    [How about future of Japan and the world uncertain.]
    None of Japan's 54 nuclear reactors will be in operation as of May 6, as the country's last reactor operating is to go offline, Japan's trade minister said.
    Published: April 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    TOKYO, April 16 (UPI) — None of Japan's 54 nuclear reactors will be in operation as of May 6, as the country's last reactor operating is to go offline for maintenance, Japanese Trade Minister Yukio Edano said.

    Read more: http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2012/04/16/Future-of-Japans-nuclear-energy-uncertain/UPI-42921334591452/#ixzz1sEmnfvOe

    Read more: http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2012/04/16/Future-of-Japans-nuclear-energy-uncertain/UPI-42921334591452/#ixzz1sEmBQDgP

    Read more: http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2012/04/16/Future-of-Japans-nuclear-energy-uncertain/UPI-42921334591452/#ixzz1sElpXbkd


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  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    Senator Ron Wyden deserves heart-felt cudos for his recognition of the seroiusness of Fuku, and for his call for an international response to the Fuku crisis. The Senator's brave action flies in the face of TPTB, nuke industry, and MSM efforts to diminish the Fuku mess as a local Japanese problem that has been handled. Expect the nuke industry to try to destroy Senator Wyden in his next election cycle. Senator Wyden knows by touring Fyuku, that Fuku is a crisis of international proportions that is not being adequately addressed by the local Tep.gov response. Senator Wyden recognizes that Fuku is a crisis that demands an immediate and DECISIVE INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE. If we continue to rely on Tep.gov to work on this problem, the people of Oregon and other west coast states, will suffer dire consequences. Senator Wyden is the first U.S. Senator to call for an international response to Fuku. If we begin to THINK BIG ABOUT FUKU, we may yet be able to wall off the Fuku Nightmare from humanity, and may be able to SAVE THE HUMAN RACE FROM NUCLEAR EXTINCTION! But this is, indeed, a "race"; and time is short.

    LET'S ROLL! WYDEN FOR PRESIDENT! (I'm from Indiana, but nevertheless, Wyden For President!). :)


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  • What-About-The-Kids

    A.K.A. We don't need any more use of this deadly, out-dated energy technology. We need to shut down all nuclear power plants before another Fukushima happens in our own nation!


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  • c

    Controversial Fukushima Film "Surviving Japan" to play in Tokyo

    The foreign made Fukushima disaster documentary "Surviving Japan" will play in Tokyo at the end of this month on April 29th at 6:30pm JST and 30th at 13:30, 17:30 at Genki Municipal Museum Shinjuku, just a short walk to Tokyo Government City Hall. "The Government wanted to keep it out of the media so we will bring the story to the Government, since it seems they have forgotten." – Anonymous Event Organizer Information for the showing in Japanese is as follows; サヴァイヴィング・ジャパン Surviving Japan 上映会 上映時間は約90分。29日は18:30~のみ、30日
    は13:30, 17:30。各上映の後に、大目に時間をとってあるので、何でもいいから、話しましょう。各回定員30名です。一応。料金はカンパで被災地に寄付します。


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  • TheWorldIsBlind

    not to be a negative nancy but the damage (aside from a number 4 Sfp collapse) had been done. but this is a huge step


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  • I think we also need to applaud the citizens of Oregon, some of whom post at Enenews, who I know have been extremely active writing their congressional reps and demonstrating publicly.

    Helen Caldicott spoke at Occupy Portland march 27 2012
    http://www.portlandgeneralassembly.org/events/dr-helen-caldicott-speaks-at-occupy-portland/

    And I know there is a very strong anti-nuclear activist group in Oregon.


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Also no mention of the Carrington Effect and getting ready for that….So far, the human race is racing towards suicide on a planetary scale.

    Fukushima Reactor 4; Life Extinction Event If It Collapses; via A Green Road Blog
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/fukushima-reactor-4-life-extinction.html

    12 reasons why all nuclear power plants must be shut down; via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/12-reasons-why-all-nuclear-power-plants.html

    Super Solar Storm To Hit Earth In 2013 'Carrington Effect'; Year Long Power Outage? via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/super-solar-storm-predicted-to-hit-2013.html


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Up to now, everyone in government has been too scared to talk. US Senator Ron Wyden breaks the silence, and it's good he did.


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  • bincbom

    Finally.. the US Government is starting to wake up. I'll call my congresscritters and try to get them on board too…


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  • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

    Nice to see someone from our side of the fence calling for an international response to this catastrophe. Given the obvious incompetence of TEPCO and the Japanese government, we all knew this was inevitable. But before the American people are asked to dig – one more time – into their thread-worn pockets to bailout the nuclear power industry, let's ask for some concrete assurances that this industry will be finally abandoned as an energy source. Otherwise, this gesture on Senator Wyden's part should be seen for what it really is.

    Call me cynical but I'm sick of these endless scams. If they're not willing to put a stake in the heart of nuclear power, don't bother asking for more blood from the American people…


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      And if you're still jump'n over this Wyden revelation, checkout the below article-link that xdrfox put out here today.

      This is an example of what some of us predicted months ago; that the world's public would 'graced' with absorbing the costs of this nightmare. The article itself doesn't go into anything, in the way of international obligations, but does hint that these costs are frightening-away any further investment into Japan's nuclear power infrastructure.

      Now, we're all astute enough to know that if these criminals can't get us one way, they'll get us some other way. And whatever we do, let's not be further fooled into thinking any of these people have the interest of the people at heart. They think we're idiots for our endless naivety. Let's not keep proving them right. Let's demand some conditions before we join hands with them. The anti-nuke community should condition their (our) support of any international obligations with a call for a complete ban on nuclear power. Otherwise, we're only being suckered (once again) into absorbing endless losses and propping-up a bankrupt industry…

      "Japan lenders ready to back Fukushima operator Tepco, but wary"

      http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/08/us-japan-tepco-banks-idUSBRE8270EF20120308


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      • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

        If they can no longer fool us.. they go where they can still trick people into believing this spun horseshit.. third world nations are all getting "development" funds from nuclear powers.. Japan, US, France etc are falling over each other to get at them.. sickening really..

        …if we really wanted to help developing nations, we would help them develop in ways that are healthy and renewable.. and bonus, we won't have to worry about them using their spent fuel to make bombs when we piss them off next year, or the year after..so, given that, a taxpayer savings as we do not have to finance yet another war..

        can you see us fighting over solar panels? LOL!!!


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      • StillJill StillJill

        Dang,…good thought AFTERSHOCK!!! (Been gone all day–you guys don't need me!) :-)

        Wow,….a lot has happened.
        This is good news. But I have to agree with AFTERSHOCK,….it could be like getting pulled into another bloody war! With no winners,…only losers,….no 'end game', only slow-lies!


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    • AFTERSHOCK,
      US Lawmaker in articles here are mearly setting the satge to do the rest of what we know is comming !
      They will prop this with fear, Fear is the motivator for moreing the masses into what you want then to do !

      See videos I posted on ;
      http://enenews.com/forum-topic-discussion-thread-feb-26-2012-present

      Propaganda's founding father, Edward Bernays

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxvB2PtVb8k&feature=player_embedded

      Propaganda (1928)
      by Edward Bernays

      [The] American business community was also very impressed with the propaganda effort. They had a problem at that time. The country was becoming formally more democratic. A lot more people were able to vote and that sort of thing. The country was becoming wealthier and more people could participate and a lot of new immigrants were coming in, and so on.
      So what do you do? It's going to be harder to run things as a private club. Therefore, obviously, you have to control what people think. There had been public relation specialists but there was never a public relations industry. There was a guy hired to make Rockefeller's image look prettier and that sort of thing. But this huge public relations industry, which is a U.S. invention and a monstrous industry, came out of the first World War. The leading figures were people in the Creel Commission. In fact, the main one, Edward Bernays, comes right out of …

      http://www.slideshare.net/mrfmrf/bernays-propaganda-1928


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      • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

        @xdrfox: Edward Bernays was a genius who set the stage for our contemporary media machine. Though he was only too eager to allow his theories on social engineering to be co-opted by others in greater positions of power, he was correct in his understanding of the zeitgeist of that period. You're doubtless aware, he was the progenitor of modern advertising techniques. Unfortunately, these techniques in social engineering were not only welcomed by the advertising community, they lent themselves all-too-easily to the political engine. Yet, it is this success that will be the undoing of the 'comfortable'; something that I'll leave them to discover for themselves.

        I'll check these videos out later. Thanks!!!


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  • dave14139

    When will the 104 plants in the USA start to pull the spent fuel out of these pools? What are WE waiting for – an accident???


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  • bigfatscaryman sdyogini

    I think (hope) those a-holes who pooh pooh me when I mention this, how shitty serious this is, and how even in court to argue that a trip near or in the path of this place could (understatement) be a very serious hazard, (FYI for (?) my super soldier baby daddy has my little ones in Hawaii at this moment boogieboarding) my concerns about this CAN'T EVEN BE MENTIONED to a judge for fear of reprimand and threat of a psych eval. Lunacy this is…


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    • StillJill StillJill

      sdyogini,…fuck! That is all that can be said! Well, there's always more with me. If you'd like extra support through this, I'd love to help if I could. Darlin' do I have 'custody' stories for you! StillJillofark@gmail.com.

      If not,…no worries, just want you to have someone who's always listening, whose been there in your CORNER. (And, you are in a corner my friend.) But,….acceptance is the name of this game. You probably know this one already, the Serenity Prayer: "God, grant me the serenity to ACCEPT the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can, and the WISDOM to know the difference!"

      Your faith has had to GROW in leaps and bounds, after all, it takes faith every night or day to 'keep on keeping on', when your babies ARE IN HARMS WAY! And, like you said,….a psyche eval. WOULD be your 'toll' for saying a freaking PEEP!

      URRRRRRRRRRRR,…..URRRRRRRR!!!!

      O.K., we're better now,….a little! :-)


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  • Holland Holland

    My apologies for having a suspicious mind; it's great that someone stands up to the fact that something must be done but the question is why now? Why a year later? They know that more and more people are getting aware of the dangerous situation so it's time to officially speak up?

    Well let's hope there's still enough time to 'fix' this problem because as i understood there are some incredible quakes on the way…


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    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Holland, I was thinking the same thing! WHY HAS IT TAKEN OVER A YEAR!?!? I'm still happy…BUT!


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      • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

        My take is that as a politician, Wyden is easily less informed on specific issues than the few of us who try to keep on specific issues.

        Think about how many months those of us staying on top of this story had no definitive information that true melt downs had occurred. Let alone 3 for sure. Let alone full on melt throughs.

        Wyden, like any other elected official, is swamped with an insane variety of issues to try and decide how to prioritize.

        My guess is that he has not known about the melt downs any longer than us (here on enenews). Just a guess.

        Or that he was grossly misinformed about how bad the situation was/is.

        That he was personally any where near Fuku all of 10 days ago is a short time from when we all learned about the reality of actual melt downs. At least in the world of politics.

        Yet it is still too much like showing up to Woodstock a day after it was over.

        Like the aerial photos and video last year weren't enough to make it obvious how screwed the situation was?


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  • StillJill StillJill

    A suspicious mind has got to be one of the best things in our 'survival chests', eh? In fact,….I'd like mine honed in even more!


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  • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

    Congratulations to all of you. You caught my attention about 6 weeks ago.
    Now the story is finally going mainstream. Keep up the good work !!!


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  • dosdos dosdos

    Keep in mind that the Japanese government views accepting international aid as being an admission of misinforming the public. Why would they need international help if it's not that bad?


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  • Lee Binder

    awesome! a little bit of hope for a change (at least re. human awareness)


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  • byron byron

    Dear Senator Wyden, re your Fukushima trip, (just sent)

    I seldom write to my Congresspeople because of the deep pockets of big business legalized by the Court, but this time I want to thank you for making the trip to Fukushima and viewing some of the continuing disaster. Of course, they would only show you the watered down version of just how bad this is and will become. Tons of highly radioactive substances have been and continue to be released into both air and ocean water. Some are so toxic that eating or breathing a small quantity is enough for cancer or worse. I hope you didn't eat any of the food grown there on your trip.
    Please do follow up with your plans to get this past your corporate masters into the wider media. Maybe by public statements at times when corporate media can't cut away to bread and circus news items, can the news begin to spread.
    Please don't stop addressing this issue, and thank you for shining some light on this world changing event.
    I am an Oregonian and you can count on my vote regardless of the office you seek for the rest of my life, and all for this one small but immensely important act.
    Byron in Portland,


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  • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

    The good news is that everyone here is elated by Senator Wyden's letters.

    The bad news is that Progress Energy's two NEW nuclear power plants in Levy County, Florida, may be given the final go-ahead for construction in October or November depending upon the decision reached by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) late this year.

    The Nuclear Information and Resource Service (www.nirs.org) and the Ecology Party of Florida (www.ecologyparty.org) have succeeded in intervening in the licensing of these nuclear power plants in a largely rural area of North-Central Florida. The Ecology Party and NIRS have soldiered on for three years to bring this issue to a final hearing before the ACLB.

    The ACLB is not permitted to consult with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), nor are they responsible to them in reaching a final decision. They are free to say yes or no to the construction of these plants based on the merits of the information presented to them.

    If you can contribute any sum to assist them in their efforts, please do so. Make your check payable to NIRS and put "Levy Intervention" in the memo section of your check. Mail it to: The Ecology Party of Florida, 641 SW 6th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315. Your contribution is tax deductible.

    Please all you anti-nuclear activists, help David fight Goliath if you possibly can. They need all the financial help they can get. Many thanks from No Prevarication to all who help. Make no more nukes a…


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  • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

    (Continued)

    Many thanks from No Prevarication to all who help. Make no more nukes a reality. With your help, we stand a good chance of defeating Progress Energy's proposed nuclear power plants.


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  • CaptD CaptD

    Everyone should call their Leaders and ask them to cosponsor this;
    … This is a global problem and our Leaders should be interested!

    I did will you ask yours?


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  • howardtlewisiii

    This mess was intentional from day one. If you folks knew how to build anything, you would know. The Japanese builders incorporated the best of measures into their efforts which were damned by those providing the technology and license.
    On the beach in the center of the most active tsunami zone on earth, storing 40 years of spent fuel on top of the reactors with the emergency cooling outside behind a Cyclone fence less than 25 feet above high tide. Doomed from day one. Throw in Stuxnet and the nukes placed in at least #4 and you have the recipe of what is yet to be addressed with authority. Obama is passive. He does what he is told.


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  • teamplayer

    Kudos to Senator Wyden.
    I hope he can influence his fellow Senators to address this situation.


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  • Sheryl

    Millions of people signed the petition at Change.org to demand the prosecution of Trayvon Martin's killer, and rightly so: (http://www.change.org/petitions/prosecute-the-killer-of-our-son-17-year-old-trayvon-martin) But less than 5,000 signed the Fukushima Fallout petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/urgent-fukushima-radioactive-fallout-food-safety-petition We need to come up with a better petition that can go viral and get millions of signatures too. Perhaps we can look at the two petitions listed above, and come up with a plan?


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