Senator on Fukushima: Nuclear material could “easily” be released into both the air and water from future quake — Saw firsthand that situation worse than reports indicated (LETTER)

Published: June 26th, 2012 at 5:47 pm ET
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Letter from Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) to a concerned citizen received on June 25, 2012:

Dear Mr. ———:

Thank you for contacting me about the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

As you know, I visited the Fukushima power plant this past April.

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Today, there is still hundreds of tons of debris scattered across the plant site, at least several reactors suffered damage to the highly radioactive reactor cores, and spent fuel rods at these reactors are being stored in compromised structures immediately adjacent to the ocean. This unsecured nuclear material could easily be released into both the air and water from a future seismic event—which would be very difficult to control.

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After visiting the site myself and recognizing that the situation was worse than what reports had indicated, I contacted the Japanese Ambassador to the United States urging him to accept international assistance in the clean-up and recovery efforts of the facility. I also contacted the Department of State, Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to see what additional resources and assistance our country could provide to Japan to address these risks.

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To write to me, go to http://wyden.senate.gov/ and choose the “Contact” link.

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6 comments to Senator on Fukushima: Nuclear material could “easily” be released into both the air and water from future quake — Saw firsthand that situation worse than reports indicated (LETTER)

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    "I will keep your views in mind as the [U.S.] Senate discusses better practices of nuclear power here at home." So, Ron, just what is your meaning with this closing statement? Is it your intention that more discussion is an adequate solution to decades of criminal behavior? Or is this simply more of the endless double-speak that our governments will be continuing with this charade and the coverups?

    What most concerns me is your total lack of reference to any long-term solutions. Are we (the working people of the world) to pour-forth more precious resources, to continue paying for the crimes of those who exploit this deadly technology? Are we to accept no preconditions for yet another nuclear power induced catastrophe?

    I appreciate your (feigned?) concern that we not be 'unduly' exposed to the consequences of nuclear power. It's really noble to come forward with your hat, asking that we help the Japanese. Yet, I can't help but think how shortsighted it is to fixate on this pending nightmare while deftly ignoring the ones that came before and promise to revisit us all in the future.

    So how 'bout it Ron. What else is on your wishlist?


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    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      A…shock: "Or is this simply more of the endless double-speak that our governments…" Yep! The political equivalent of "Duck and Cover" and just as ineffectual.


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      • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

        @dharmasyd: doubtless, you've seen my previous responses to this gentleman's ongoing efforts. For all I know, he may be genuine and a good soul. What I'm questioning is his call for an international effort to deal with SFP4, without anything being put on the table.

        Why support this effort when nothing's being offered or done to prevent these events from endlessly repeating themselves? Just what do we get? He'll say "A safer environment!" Well, unless – real – commitments are made towards benign – renewable – energy production technologies, I'd advise resisting his call for 'action'. Because any mix of nuclear energy technology within our planet's vulnerable environment, ensures that this will never be a safe world to live in.

        Humanity's at a crossroad: We either move together towards a 'brighter future or face the reality that we have no future at all…


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  • moineau

    i got the same letter today in an email… they must have waited and addressed all of us. i'm in astoria, oregon. xoxoxo


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  • stopnp stopnp

    Psst… Hey Ron. They're burning nuclear waste all over Japan. To the point where the incinerators are becoming too hot to be around. That's all blowing over here right now. So is the steam coming out of the ground from the molten cores. Oh and the ocean… nevermind.


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