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MOVEON PETITION: The World Community Must Take Charge at Fukushima

Petition by Harvey Wasserman

 To be delivered to Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General, United Nations and Barack Obama, President, United States of America

At Fukushima Unit 4, the impending removal of hugely radioactive spent fuel rods from a pool 100 feet in the air presents unparalleled scientific and engineering challenges. With the potential for 15,000 times more fallout than was released at Hiroshima, we ask the world community, through the United Nations, to take control of this uniquely perilous task.

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Fukushima continues to spew out radiation. The quantities seem to be rising, as do the impacts.

The site has been infiltrated by organized crime. There are horrifying signs of ecological disaster in the Pacific and human health impacts in the U.S.

But within Japan, a new State Secrets Act makes such talk punishable by up to ten years in prison.

Taro Yamamoto, a Japanese legislator, says the law “represents a coup d’etat” leading to “the recreation of a fascist state.” The powerful Asahi Shimbun newspaper compares it to “conspiracy” laws passed by totalitarian Japan in the lead-up to Pearl Harbor, and warns it could end independent reporting on Fukushima.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been leading Japan in an increasingly militaristic direction. Tensions have increased with China. Massive demonstrations have been renounced with talk of “treason.” 

But it’s Fukushima that hangs most heavily over the nation and the world.

Tokyo Electric Power has begun the bring-down of hot fuel rods suspended high in the air over the heavily damaged Unit Four. The first assemblies it removed may have contained unused rods. The second may have been extremely radioactive.

But TEPCO has clamped down on media coverage and complains about news helicopters filming the fuel rod removal.

Under the new State Secrets Act, the government could ban—and arrest—all independent media under any conditions at Fukushima, throwing a shroud of darkness over a disaster that threatens us all.

By all accounts, whatever clean-up is possible will span decades. The town of Fairfax, CA, has now called for a global takeover at Fukushima. More than 150,000 signees have asked the UN for such intervention.

As a private corporation, TEPCO is geared to cut corners, slash wages and turn the clean-up into a private profit center.

It will have ample opportunity. The fuel pool at Unit Four poses huge dangers that could take years to sort out. But so do the ones at Units One, Two and Three. The site overall is littered with thousands of intensely radioactive rods and other materials whose potential fallout is thousands of times greater than what hit Hiroshima in 1945.

Soon after the accident, TEPCO slashed the Fukushima workforce. It has since restored some of it, but has cut wages. Shady contractors shuttle in hundreds of untrained laborers to work in horrific conditions. Reuters says the site is heaving infiltrated by organized crime, raising the specter of stolen radioactive materials for dirty bombs and more.

Thousands of tons of radioactive water now sit in leaky tanks built by temporary workers who warn of their shoddy construction. They are sure to collapse with a strong earthquake.

TEPCO says it may just dump the excess water into the Pacific anyway. Nuclear expert Arjun Makhijani has advocated the water be stored in supertankers until it can be treated, but the suggestion has been ignored.

Hundreds of tons of water also flow daily from the mountains through the contaminated site and into the Pacific. Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen long ago asked TEPCO to dig a trench filled with absorbents to divert that flow. But he was told that would cost too much money.

Now TEPCO wants to install a wall of ice. But that can’t be built for at least two years. It’s unclear where the energy to keep the wall frozen will come from, or if it would work at all.

Meanwhile, radiation is now reaching record levels in both the air and water.

The fallout has been already been detected off the coast of Alaska. It will cycle down along the west coast of Canada and the U.S. to northern Mexico by the end of 2014. Massive disappearances of sea lion pups, sardines, salmon, killer whales and other marine life are being reported, along with a terrifying mass disintegration of star fish. One sailor has documented a massive “dead zone” out 2,000 miles from Fukushima. Impacts on humans have already been documented in California and elsewhere.

Without global intervention, long-lived isotopes from Fukushima will continue to pour into the biosphere for decades to come.

The only power now being produced at Fukushima comes from a massive new windmill just recently installed offshore. 

Amidst a disaster it can’t handle, the Japanese government is still pushing to re-open the 50 reactors forced shut since the melt-downs. It wants to avoid public fallout amidst a terrified population, and on the 2020 Olympics, scheduled for a Tokyo region now laced with radioactive hot spots. At least one on-site camera has stopped functioning. The government has also apparently stopped helicopter-based radiation monitoring.

A year ago a Japanese professor was detained 20 days without trial for speaking out against the open-air incineration of radioactive waste.

Now Prime Minister Abe can do far worse. The Times of India reports that the State Secrets Act is unpopular, and that Abe’s approval ratings have dropped with its passage.

But the new law may make Japan’s democracy a relic of its pre-Fukushima past.

It’s the cancerous mark of a nuclear regime bound to control all knowledge of a lethal global catastrophe now ceaselessly escalating.

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Humankind’s Most Dangerous Moment is Upon Us.

Humankind’s Most Dangerous Moment is Upon Us.

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We are within weeks of what may be humankind’s most dangerous moment and it is coming just as the greatest credit bubble in history is about to pop. The most dangerous situation humanity has ever faced is upon us and no one is watching.

Only a few have reported on what is about to happen starting in November. The operation, to remove 400 tons of highly irradiated spent fuel beneath the plant’s damaged Reactor No. 4, could set off a catastrophe greater than any we have ever seen, independent experts warn. An operation of this scale, says plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company, has never been attempted before, and is wrought with danger.

The Japan Times writes, “In November, Tepco plans to  begin the delicate operation of removing spent fuel from Reactor No. 4 [with]  radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released by the Hiroshima  atomic bomb. Removing its spent fuel, which contains deadly plutonium, is an urgent task. The  consequences could be far more severe than any nuclear accident the world has  ever seen. If a fuel rod is dropped, breaks or becomes entangled while being  removed, possible worst-case scenarios include a big explosion, a meltdown in  the pool, or a large nuclear fire. Any of these situations could  lead to massive releases of deadly radionuclides into the atmosphere, putting  much of Japan — including Tokyo and Yokohama — and even neighboring countries  at serious risk.”

The infrastructure to safely remove this material was destroyed as it was at the other three reactors. Spent reactor fuel cannot be simply lifted into the air by a crane as if it were routine cargo. In order to prevent severe radiation exposures, fires and possible explosions, it must be transferred at all times in water and heavily shielded structures into dry casks.

Arnie Gundersen, a veteran U.S. nuclear engineer and director of Fairewinds Energy Education, who used to build fuel assemblies, has a lot to say about what we all have to live through during the next year. “They are going to have difficulty in removing a significant number of the rods. There is a risk of an inadvertent criticality if the bundles are distorted and get too close to each other … If you think of a nuclear fuel rack as a pack of cigarettes, if you pull a cigarette straight up it will come out — but these racks have been distorted. Now when they go to pull the cigarette straight out, it’s going to likely break and release radioactive cesium and other gases, xenon and krypton, into the air.

I suspect come November, December, January we’re going to hear that the building’s been evacuated, they’ve broke a fuel rod, the fuel rod is off-gassing.”

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Human Rights Violations at Fukushima ~ Urgent Alert, Contact U.N. Now Please

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ACTIVISTS ~ IMMEDIATE ACTION # 1

  • We are going to send Urgent FAXes to Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N. 
  • Click HERE to send 5 FREE FAXES per day from your computer.  You do not need a credit card.  You do not need a fax machine.
  • On the left side of the form, enter your name and email address.
  • For faxes going to Ambassador Samantha Power, on the right side of the form, enter Ambassador Samantha Power in the first section, U.S. Permanent Representative to U.N. in the second section, and  212-415-4053 in the third section where it asks for Fax #.
  • Please Copy the SAMPLE MESSAGE below, and Paste it into the Comments Section of the Fax Form.
  • After you type in the Confirmation Code – Click on “Send Free Fax Now” on the lower left side of the Fax Form.
  • Be SURE to go to your Email Account to CONFIRM so that your Free Urgent Fax will be sent immediately.  You will receive a confirmation when the Fax is Delivered.
  • PLEASE send your allotted 5 Free Faxes Per Day.

ACTIVISTS ~ IMMEDIATE ACTION # 2

  • We are going to send Urgent Emails to Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon
  • The Salutation of the Message MUST be:  To the Attention of Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon, or the Email will Not Be Delivered.
  • All Emails to Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon must be directed to The Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Martin Nesirky.
  • The Email Address is:    nesirky@un.org
  • Please send the SAMPLE MESSAGE in the Email.
  • For the Subject of the Email please use Human Rights Violations at Fukushima.

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The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) during their 60th session, submitted a report on expected human  health effects of the Fukashima Daiichi nuclear meltdowns. The report, produced by only 80 people called “scientists”, predicted no deaths or negative health impacts attributable to radiation releases in Japan among workers or the general public. In retrospect, it is obvious that the report was innacurate and deliberately misleading.

. The Fukushima Daiichi plant manager who stayed through the night, trying to prevent the meltdowns, is dead. His cancer was of rapid onset and progression. The publicity surrounding his death made it impossible to conceal the hazards Tepco workers face on a daily basis at Fukushima Daiichi.

. The published reports of several dozen children in Fukushima Prefecture diagnosed with thyroid abnormalities and three with thyroid cancer, a rare disease in children, also confirms the serious public health hazard associated with releases of ionizing radiation from Fukushima.

. The UNSCEAR report constitutes a deliberate attempt to conceal the potential detrimental effects of the release of ionizing radiation on all complex life forms exposed to it. The Tepco emergency workers at Fukushima face the greatest hazard and are silenced by their employer. Workers have not been provided the necessary equipment to accurately determine their exposure. Medical examination of workers appears to be inadequate and yet reports have leaked publicly of 400% increase of elevated white blood cell counts among workers, indicative of Leukemia.

. While working under the most hazardous possible conditions, the Fukushima emergency workers have been prevented from speaking freely to news reporters or on the internet. This is unacceptable. As more accurate measurements of radioactive contamination released by the nuclear meltdowns has become available to the wider scientific community and the public, it has become impossible for UNSCEAR to conceal the seriousness of the disaster, the grave threat to the entire planet, and the immediate peril Fukushima emergency workers face in the performance of their duties.

. The Fukushima emergency workers are risking their lives at Fukushima Daiichi for every person on Earth. It is now perfectly clear that those men are fighting a force that may threaten civilization and even life as we know it on the entire globe. The workers must be fully informed of the hazards they face. Their partucipation must be voluntary and they must have freedom of speech.

. The UN’s failure to develop an international task force to stop the Fukushima meltdowns, recapture the lost cores, and make safe the spent fuel rods in fragile reactor buildings, has caused the public to doubt the wisdom and competency of world leaders around the globe. The failure to protect the health and human rights of Fukushima emergency workers cannot continue.

. The UN must immediately act to secure the rights of Fukushima emergency workers to be fully informed of the risks they face, the right to speak freely and publicly about Operations at the Fukushima Daiuchi nuclear power station, and the best possible equipment and health care must be provided for their safety. No matter who you are or where you live on planet Earth, the Fukushima emergency workers are fighting for your life.

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I DEMAND that the U.N. conduct Inspections of Working Conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi Plant.

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Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon: Email- nesirky@un.org

Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative: Fax 212-415-4053

ACTION ALERT: STOP FUKUSHIMA RADIATION – U.N. ACTION NEEDED NOW

This is global problem and there should be global involvement! Next time I hear that a problem is being taken care of, I will not listen unless there is total transparency. Really disappointed that the Japanese Government is more concerned about how they are perceived. Guess what Japan?- you have no credibility anymore. It’s time for the UNITED NATIONS to take over managing this problem. The USA is at great risk as are all the other island nations in the Pacific right now. How long will it be, before all the oceans are polluted with radiation all because of Japan’s ego?

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All nuclear energy plants should be de-activated immediately!

“Since the earthquake/tsunami of March 2011, the wrecked reactors at Fukushima-Dai-ichi have been pouring 300 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean daily. It’s getting worse. The buildings are unstable and the spent fuel pools could drain and start an unquenchable nuclear fire, leading to explosions that would threaten all life. We urge the United Nations General Assembly to Issue a Declaration that Fukushima constitutes a global emergency, and to appoint an international group of independent experts to assess, plan, gather resources, and implement remedies, working with Japan.” via Avaaz petition.
CLICK HEREto Sign Petition.
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