County officials in California approve action on Fukushima: “An international crisis of epic proportions” — Monitoring and testing requested for West Coast

Published: January 30th, 2014 at 12:03 am ET
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Mendocino County Board of Supervisors action minutes, Oct. 22, 2013: [...] Board Action: Upon motion by Supervisor McCowen, seconded by Supervisor Pinches, and carried unanimously; IT IS ORDERED that Consent Calendar items 4(a – t) are approved/rejected as follows: [...] Approval of Letter to President Obama Calling for International Assistance to Address the Continuing Fukushima Crisis – [Sponsors:] Supervisors McCowen and Gjerde — Approved

SOURCE: Fukushima Response Campaign; “Kudos to Charlie for taking Fukushima to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors”

Draft of Mendocino County’s Letter to President Obama: Deteriorating conditions at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear complex clearly constitute an international crisis of epic proportions that requires the highest level of international scientific and technological assistance in an effort to minimize the continuing damage to international health and safety. [...]  We therefore call upon you to issue an Executive Order directing all appropriate federal agencies to assist in leading an international effort to avert what appears to be a looming catastrophe of unprecedented dimensions. [...] the reactor cores from units 1, 2, and 3 have melted down and are widely believed to have penetrated the floor of the reactor buildings. [...] Groundwater also flows freely through the site resulting in the uncontrolled discharge of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. [...] In addition to the requested Executive Order, we also call upon you to assure that the federal government is conducting all appropriate monitoring and testing to assess the level and impacts of radioactive contamination to west coast communities and the near shore marine environment. [...]  >> View the County’s letter to President Obama here

Just a few miles to the south, Marin County officials have also taken action: TV: Officials near San Francisco to monitor Fukushima plume, concerns for environment and food supply -- Supervisor: The risks to Californians are concerning -- Commissioner: We can't rely on Japan or Tepco -- Will waves of cesium and strontium pollute coast? (VIDEO)

As did the city of Berkeley, California: Watch: Berkeley unanimously passes Fukushima resolution -- Officials: "Very serious... I'm quite sobered by it"; "I’m glad we're taking a stand"; State should get involved; Affects entire coast, we all need to get together and take action; "Work of activists... is paying off with public support" (VIDEO)

And the city of Fairfax, California: California town passes Fukushima resolution: "Urgent international rescue" needed at site -- "Poses health and safety concerns to America's West Coast" -- "Much greater contamination is likely"

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