Why we must phase out nuclear power

Time is proving the nuclear industry, the Japanese government, and TEPCO wrong in their premature self-serving assertions that Fukushima was a minor glitch in the glorious future of nuclear power.

Time shows the reactors still leaking, fuel pools still in danger, the waste being shipped all around Japan to further contaminate the embattled country. It shows what may be the largest radioactive contamination of the ocean in history- a contamination that, like Fukushima fallout, is travesing the globe: in particulate matter, in the atmosphere, in water that houses the protein source for a billion people in Asia, and in marine life and radioactive debris that are currently moving towards Hawaii and the pacific coast of the US and Canada. Time is also showing that it is not on the side of the Japanese people, because it has made clear that the accident is not over.

, Rebecca Harms, and Dany Cohn-Benditl The Guardian  17 February, 2012

On 11 March last year, Japan was hit by massive earthquake and tsunami, resulting in thousands of tragic deaths, as well as a nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima.

 

While global attention has long since shifted elsewhere, the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima is far from over. This is the nature of nuclear accidents: they leave a long-lasting radioactive legacy.

 

One year on, the situation is not under control. The announcement by the Japanese government that the damaged reactors were in a state of "cold shutdown" was met with scepticism and anger from a concerned public – and with disbelief among nuclear experts.

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Nuclear Power is not the Answer