NBC News, Apr. 22, 2014 — Terry Tamminen, former secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency: Chernobyl and Fukushima have demonstrated that although nuclear accidents are rare, when they do occur, the cost and devastation is biblical (according to the U.N., $235 billion for the former and as much as twice that for the latter). Moreover, we’ll live with the toxic waste, even from the power plants that function normally, for generations with no viable way to neutralize or safely store it, meaning we’re risking the lives of our kids and grandkids for “cheap” power today.
Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba in Fukushima Prefecture, April 21, 2014: “When I was mayor, I knew many people who died from heart attacks, and then there were many people in Fukushima who died suddenly, even among young people. [...] TEPCO employees also are dying. But everyone is keeping mum about it.”
Published: April 23rd, 2014 at 3:31 am ET