The 5th anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster seems an apt time to recall the advice of philosopher and essayist George Santayana, who warned: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Regrettably, the Orwellian truth is that the history of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster is not only being “forgotten;” it is being radically altered by what the late Jeff Patterson, past President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, called “nuclear industry SCUM: Secrecy, Cover-Up, and Minimization,” that nuclear industry advocates and their supporters in governments proliferate. This inevitably results in opportunities being missed, and lessons going unlearned.
Chicago, IL.—The “Radiation Monitoring Project”, a national initiative to establish monitoring of radioactivity in communities contaminated by the nuclear fuel chain, received over half its $15,000 fundraising goal in a single anonymous donation earlier this week.
What have we learned in the three years since the onset of the continuing nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi? Many things — most of which are not good.
We learned that safe-energy and anti-nuclear activists were correct in their initial analyses of what was happening in the early days of the disaster; and unlike TEPCO, the Japanese government, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), we were telling the public straight out.
1.) SAVE THE DATE – INDIAN DOCUMENTARIAN BRINGS FILM TO CHICAGO:
NEIS kicks off its 2014 “KNOw-Nukes!” film series with a showing of the new documentary, “High Power,” by Indian documentarian Pradeep Indulkar. The film will be shown along with a panel discussion with the filmmaker on Thursday, March 6th, 6:30 p.m. at DePaul University’s Schmitt Academic Center, Room 154, 2320 N. Kenmore Ave., in Lincoln Park, Chicago. The showing is being done in cooperation Continue reading NEIS EVENTS: YOU’RE INVITED – AND NEEDED!→
Well, the holiday is over. The pro-nuke tribe is at the gates yet again. Time to get back into the trenches, and fight for safe energy once more. Please take action on as many of these as you can. Thanks in advance!
–Dave Kraft, Driector—
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CHICAGO—The Japanese National Diet (parliament) Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission released a scathing report today which lays primary responsibility for the Fukushima disaster on the government, the regulators and the nuclear industry; and which seriously challenges the popular explanation for the three meltdowns and explosions at the reactor site in March, 2011.
The Report — The Official Report of The Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission — calls the Fukushima disaster: “…a profoundly man-made disaster – that could and should have been foreseen and prevented,” according to Kiyoshi Kurokawa, chair of the Commission. Continue reading NEIS Release: Damning Fukushima Report Released→
FUKUSHIMA: “…a profoundly man-made disaster – that could and should have been foreseen and prevented,” says Kiyoshi Kurokawa, chair of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission.
A scathing report released today in Japan labels the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster as “man-made” in its root causes, laying out a pattern of “errors and willful negligence” as well as collusion that exists among the government, the regulatory bodies and the nuclear industry to ignore safety concerns. If this sounds a little too familiar, it should (Are you listening, NRC?) .
It further states that the earthquake — not just the tsunami — must be considered to have done some of the damage leading to the subsequent meltdowns and explosions at the reactors. This is a MAJOR change of narrative for the causes of the Fukushima disaster.
More information and commentary to follow. Download the report here.
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CHICAGO SAFE-ENERGY ADVOCATES PROTEST JAPAN PLANS
TO RE-START NUCLEAR REACTORS
Protest events scheduled in other U.S. cities, Japan
CHICAGO—Safe-energy advocates protested outside of the Chicago Japanese Consulate against Japan’s plans to re-start two reactors at the Ohi nuclear power station, in Fukui Prefecture in Western Japan. The event was scheduled to coincide with massive rallies against the re-start taking place in Japan today. Other events are planned throughout the U.S. through Monday.
“We ask the Consul General Yoshifumi Okamura to convey to Prime Minister Noda our support for a nuclear free Japan and a nuclear-free world,” says David Kraft, director of Nuclear Energy Information Service, a nuclear-power watchdog organization based in Chicago. “We stand in support of the people of Japan, and members of Noda’s own party who reject nuclear power as too dangerous. We say ‘No more Hiroshimas! No more Fukushimas!’” Continue reading Release: Chicago Residents Protest Japan Plans to Re-start Nuclear Reactors→