Petitie: Fukushima Spent Fuel Pool 4 Risks U.S. Health and Safety
WE NEED YOUR HELP. PLEASE URGE CONGRESS TO SEND SUPPORT TO JAPAN AND EXPEDITE THE DECOMMISSIONING OF SPENT FUEL POOLS AT FUKUSHIMA.
This is what Fukushima Reactor 4 Building looks like (see pictures in articles below), with exposed Spent Fuel Pool 4. It is predicted that an M7 earthquake or higher could crack the spent fuel pool and drain the water that cools the fuel rods. If this happens and the pool sets on fire, the radiation would be so great that workers would most likely have to leave the plant–no protective gear or machinery could withstand the high levels of radiation. If the workers abandon the entire plant, the other 3 (out of 6 reactors), which have not melted down, yet, could meltdown, and the other 6 spent fuel pools could also catch fire. This amount of radiation has never been released into the atmosphere before…to give you an idea of how serious this is…Chernobyl had only 1 reactor explode and it was buried in 30 days–but still caused about 1 million deaths, over the course of 5-10 years, in surrounding areas and neighboring countries. The U.S. is right on the jet stream from Japan. If multiple reactors and spent fuel pools go, we are right downwind of this. Please take this seriously. The U.S. must send help. We must expedite the decommissioning of Fukushima’s spent fuel pools–send workers, send machinery and money–anything to expedite the spent fuel pools being placed into dry cask storage. Japan has only about 2,000 workers, right now–when Chernobyl happened, Russia sent in 500,000 workers in 30 days. Japan needs help. They have had a year and little has been done to secure the situation. The U.S. and international community must step in to avoid a worldwide catastrophe. This is not an exaggeration. Right now, pools may be stable, but recently M 6.7 earthquakes have happened right off the coast of Fukushima, with many after shocks. Time is of the essence and our government must take this seriously. Please call other representatives and/or senators and President Obama and demand they do everything in their power to get spent fuel pools into safe storage. Thank you.
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