Fukushima is a disaster that continues to tell the world that nuclear power can't be controlled - which means it can't be safe.
What happens with the next earthquake? What happens if another nuclear plant somewhere in the world experiences a similar earthquake? One year later RT reports that Fukushima continues to be an ongoing problem.
On March 11, 2011 a earthquake and tsunami hit the Northern Coast of Japan causing major damage to the Fukushima Nuclear Plant. On March 17, 2011 President Obama, repeated himself that there was not threat to the west coast, or the people of the U.S..
Also in March of 2011, Helen Mary Caldicott who is a physician, author, and anti-nuclear advocate spoke in Montreal just after the Fukushima disaster on the dangers of the potential nuclear threat to North America.
Dr. Caldicott gave a press conference, contradicting everything that President Obama said to the people of United Stated, about the potential danger of what was yet to come from Fukushima - radiation coming through the air and water currents. Unfortunately what Dr. Caldicott said is still occurring one year later, and will continue to be a threat to the people of the world.
The millions of tons of radiated waste water being dumped in the pacific ocean continues. All while Fukushima nuclear reactor #4 that houses over a thousand radioactive spent fuel rods, is so unstable another earthquake could bring it down. If this building collapses, this will be an unprecedented event in the sad history of nuclear energy.
Recently while on a Congressional delegation trip to Japan, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden had a chance to tour Fukushima. After his tour he sent a letter to Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki. Obviously what he saw was so disturbing Sen. Wyden worte:
“The scope of damage to the plants and to the surrounding area was far beyond what I expected and the scope of the challenges to the utility owner, the government of Japan, and to the people of the region are daunting,” Wyden wrote in the letter. “The precarious status of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear units and the risk presented by the enormous inventory of radioactive materials and spent fuel in the event of further earthquake threats should be of concern to all and a focus of greater international support and assistance.”
Senator Wyden also sent letters to, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who spoke out after the accident,but along with the president have not addressed the nation regarding the Fukushima disaster of present time.
Wyden sent a letter asking then U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Greg Jaczko to identify additional resources and assistance that their agency could provide to Japan to address these risks.
On April 2, 2012, just before Sen. Wyden's visit to Fukushima, Eugene H. Buck, a specialist in Natural Resources Policy, and Harold F. Upton an analyst from Congressional Research Service, submitted a report for the members of Congress. The report makes the Fukushima disaster seem insignificant and relatively minor, and not a global menace with extinction event possibilities.
The report was called "Effects of Radiation from Fukushima Dai-ichi on the U.S. Marine Environment," another white wash of the Fukushima disaster. A report by NBC on May 3, 2012 shows the debris from Fukushima that is now washing up on the northwestern shores of the U.S. and Canada.
Fukushima, as well as the effects of decades of nuclear testing and accidents, continues to increase the body burden of radiation exposure on all life. In April
2012, RT reported on the kelp found along the shores of California with traces of radioactive cesium.
The most up to date news of Fukushima comes from "Flashpoint" news and American theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku who has been following the unfolding disaster in Japan from the beginning.
Dr. Kaku along with many other nuclear scientists continue to proclaim that unless the world's leaders wake up and address this situation that it could potentially make Chernobyl look like a minor accident.
Today U.S. mainstream news continues to push the Japanese crisis as far away from people's attention as possible. Meanwhile a new 14 billion dollar nuclear plant has been approved to be built in Georgia.
The conclusion? Safety seems to be irrelevant to government officials.