April 12, 2011
Birds fly by the reactors constantly. They have not obeyed the evacuation orders one bit. How far do they get after they fly directly in the plume, or drink the water from the ponds and puddles? Or feast on the radioactive corpses that litter the area? Do the birds then fall into the sea, to be eaten by fish which we then will consume, still hot with radioactivity? – Russell D. Hoffman
The nuclear industry must be exasperated to know that Germany has installed over 30,000 megawatts of wind power in less than 10 years, while pursuing a nuclear phase-out program; and that Germany has now shut down eight of its sixteen nuclear reactors in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, and has announced plans to accelerate its nuclear phase-out program. No doubt nuclear proponents are equally exasperated to know that Germany has more megawatts of solar photovoltaics installed already than the entire 6-reactor Fukushima complex, and that the electricity-producing wind farms in Japan -- including those off-shore -- survived the earthquakes and tsunamis intact, and are now producing electricity for those who are struggling to bring the crippled reactors under control. – Gordon Edwards.
We will seek complete abolition of nuclear power plants. – Head of the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations States, Japan
For the best updates on Japan’s nuclear crisis see http://www.beyondnuclear.org/
The risks associated with iodine-131 contamination in Europe are no longer "negligible," according to CRIIRAD, a French research body on radioactivity. The NGO is advising pregnant women and infants against "risky behaviour," such as consuming fresh milk or vegetables with large leaves.
Germany’s utility companies want “swift and complete” abolishment of nuclear power in the wake of the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima reactors, says their umbrella organization. Up until today the organization had been fully behind nuclear energy, but the events in Japan caused the dramatic U-turn. The association represents about 1,800 utilities, among them the operators of the country’s 17 nuclear reactors. Germany currently gets almost a quarter of its electricity from nuclear power.
The province of Ontario has asked the federal government to subsidize the cost of 2 new Candu nuclear reactors to be built at the existing Darlington site on the shore of Lake Ontario. Do you believe that Canadian taxpayers should subsidize the construction of new nuclear reactors in Ontario? And do you agree that there should be a moratorium on nuclear refurbishment and expansion until we can properly assess the potential for safer and cheaper alternatives?
Some experts believe Japan's nuclear disaster could become worse than Chernobyl.
Lake Ontario Waterkeeper explains why new reactors at Darlington will hurt Lake Ontario: http://www.vimeo.com/22137893
Northwatch discusses the radioactive wastes that would be produced by new reactors at Darlington: http://www.vimeo.com/22139931
Canadian Environmental Law Association tells the panel that legally alternatives to nuclear must be assessed before any approval to new reactors is given: http://www.vimeo.com/22142295
Greenpeace’s Shawn-Patrick Stensil asks the review Panel to reject Ontario’s request to build new reactors at Darlington: http://vimeo.com/21737610
Dr. Helen Caldicott's discusses the potential health effects of building new reactors at Darlington: http://www.vimeo.com/21714771
Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director of the Canadian Environmental Law Association discusses the risks of accidents from new reactors at Darlington. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oBTOD7IgQI
Northwatch’s Brennain Lloyd talks of the threats of radioactive waste on Northern communities: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAP0hwCM0HQ
Beyond Nuclear’s Kevin Kamps discusses the hazards of long-term radioactive waste production: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ROO_lit3i0
Anti-Nuke News Now 8: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4nnkj040MQ&feature=player_embedded#at=14
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By Helen Caldicott in response to George Monbiot’s public attack
The public apparently does not have the right to know about the details of nuclear accidents; nor does the body that recommends safety standards have any teeth to make the corporate world adhere to them.
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