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Fukushima Disaster: From Bad to Worse
September 13, 2013
Over two years after the earthquake and tsunami crippled the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi complex, the situation at the reactors remains toxic and dangerous to public health as PSR and others warned. TEPCO's patchwork fixes to cool the severely damaged reactors are starting to give way, and thousands of gallons of irradiated water are leaking, prompting Japan's nuclear regulator to declare the current state of affairs at Fukushima a Level 3 serious incident, which IAEA defines as "severe contamination." Radioactive water readings are at their highest levels since the onset of the disaster.
Japan's interior minister is referring to the TEPCO stopgap measures as a "game of Whack-a-mole." The seriousness of these latest incidents cannot be overstated, though sadly, it would be difficult to say these problems are unexpected. TEPCO and the Japanese government have consistently obfuscated and denied the seriousness of the disaster from the get-go, and dealt with the myriad problems with band-aid fixes.
Nuclear reactors present a serious public health risk even when they are operating normally, and incidents like Fukushima only compound the public health case against nuclear reactors. It is time we get wise to these grave dangers and start the transition away from nuclear power in the US. Entergy's latest decision to close Vermont Yankee, which has the same Mark I reactor design as the Fukushima reactors, is definitely a step in the right direction, but we must make a sustained commitment to transition to a clean energy economy in the coming years.
Video: Nuclear Health Risks
PSR President Dr. Bob Gould talks about the risks to public health and the global environment posed by nuclear weapons and energy. Read more »
Annual Report 2012
PSR is pleased to present its 2012 Annual Report to our members and other stakeholders. Read more »
Fukushima Disaster: Impacts & Continuing Threats
More than two years since the nuclear disaster began at the Fukushima Daiichi reactors, its impact is massive and widespread. It will be decades before the full scope of the impacts of this ongoing disaster is fully understood but significant health, economic, environmental and social consequences are already evident and quantifiable. Read more »
In the Spotlight
July 17, 2014
Our Best Opportunity to Cut Climate Change
We need you to take action now! Tell the EPA that its proposed rule to cut carbon pollution from power plants Is vitally important and on the right track – but can be strengthened.