- Posted August 6, 2013 by
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Nuclear Emergency at Fukushima
You may not have heard a peep about this in the main stream media but the disaster at Fukushima is far from over. Cover-ups and lies have surrounded the nuclear plant since the tsunami hit, causing massive damage to the facility in March 2011. I've been seeing warnings for months about contaminated water leaking into the Pacific Ocean. Tepco, the plant's owners, have been keeping things hushed up. Locals are very concerned. After months of denials, Tepco has finally admitted to leaking radioactive water into the sea.
Some of our worst fears are being realized as a result of the accident at Fukushima. Nuclear contamination in the Pacific Ocean could seriously impact our food supply. High levels of radiation are already being detected in tuna along the Pacific coast of the US. I can only imagine what the people of Japan and their neighbors are being exposed to.
It's pretty apparent that nuclear activists like myself have been proven right about the dangers of nuclear power. An energy source that was once touted as "too cheap to meter" is now one of the most expensive sources for generating electricity. Our fears of nuclear accidents has been realized again and again. That a permanent method of waste disposal for the very toxic byproducts of nuclear production has never been developed is nothing short of negligence by those who approved permits for nuclear power plants. The "oh, we'll figure that out eventually" mentality was irresponsible and reckless.
Radiation in large doses can kill a person instantly. In smaller doses, it is a slow killer. Radioactive particles accumulate in our bodies and often take decades before cancer is discovered. Children and pregnant women are at the greatest risk. Miscarriages have been known to spike all over the world after the major disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima. Leukemia in children usually starts to appear about 5 years after exposure. Cancers develop 15-60 years after.
Will we not stop the madness until we've destroyed the entire planet? The way things look, it seems we will never learn. We've disregarded scientists, scholars, environmentalists and even the Pope.
Maybe we deserve what we get. sigh.
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Thanks for reading.