Fukushima: don't forget

Fukushima nuclear disaster

The Fukushima nuclear disaster showed us once again that nuclear reactors are fundamentally dangerous. Not only do they cause significant damage to the environment, the health of populations and to national economies, the heavy financial cost of a meltdown is inevitably borne by the public, not by the companies that designed, built, and operated the plants. None of the world’s 436 nuclear reactors are immune to human errors, natural disasters, or any of the many other serious incidents that could cause a disaster. Millions of people who live near nuclear reactors are at risk.

The lives of hundreds of thousands of people continue to be affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, especially the 160,000 who fled their homes because of radioactive contamination, and continue to live in limbo without fair, just, and timely compensation. They have only a false hope of returning home, yet the Japanese government is eagerly pushing to restart reactors, against the will of its people, and without learning true lessons from Fukushima.

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Fukushima crisis rolls on as TEPCO admits radiation leaks

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | 24 July, 2013 7 comments

TEPCO, the owner of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, has admitted that the damaged reactors are leaking highly toxic radioactive contamination into the Pacific Ocean – confirming what many of us had feared for some time.

The diminishing glow of nuclear energy

Blog entry by Arin de Hoog | 15 July, 2013 26 comments

In France, Greenpeace activists got past security and climbed reactor structures at the Tricastin nuclear power plant. They unfurled a banner which read: TRICASTIN ACCIDENT NUCLÉAIRE: PRÉSIDENT DE LA CATASTROPHE? (Tricastin Nuclear...

TEPCO fails on its responsibilities from the Fukushima disaster

Blog entry by Ayako Sekine | 27 June, 2013 2 comments

I went to the TEPCO annual general meeting for its shareholders on Tuesday to create a stronger public discussion of the failure of TEPCO to live up to its responsibilities following the Fukushima nuclear disaster. First, though my...

It’s time for nuclear gamblers to settle their debts.

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | 25 June, 2013 1 comment

For sixty years the nuclear industry has gambled with the lives and safety of millions of people. It has bet that nothing will ever go wrong with their reactors. This gamble puts all the risks on the public.   In Tokyo, Greenpeace...

It’s time Japan's government and nuclear industry faced its responsibilities at Fukushima

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | 21 June, 2013 3 comments

Have you ever tried to dodge your responsibility for something? Maybe in a small way, many of us do. But I doubt you dodge responsibility the way the nuclear industry does or the way Japanese Prime Minister Abe does. In Tokyo...

27 years since Chernobyl and what have we learned?

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | 26 April, 2013 29 comments

April 26th marks the 27th anniversary of the devastating accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. The radiation released into the atmosphere by the exploding nuclear reactor found its way across Ukraine, Belarus,...

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