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Subject:  Re: Violent extortion in France... Date:  12/11/2018  11:08 PM
Author:  notehound Number:  548977 of 573671

And when Fukushima happened, the utilities that were still considering nuclear power bailed out faster than a speeding bullet.

You're correct, Jaagu.

Fukushima was and is poorly understood, as the following linked PBS article explains:

I’ve become frustrated with both sides of the nuclear power debate for embracing either overly alarmist or dismissive attitudes toward the problem. In addition, I’ve grown concerned over the lack of oversight for radioactive contamination in U.S. waters...

First, it is incorrect to say that Fukushima is under control when levels of radioactivity in the ocean indicate ongoing leaks, caused by groundwater flowing through the site and, we think, enhanced after storms. At the same time, it is also wrong to attribute to Fukushima events like recent die-offs of seal, whale, and starfish along the West Coast rather than see that they are far more complex and have been happening for far longer than we’d like to admit...

The author of the linked essay points out that not a single US regulatory agency is monitoring radioactivity or contamination from any of the US plants along the coast or from Fukushima.

All of US coasts, but especially the West coast, remain vulnerable to contamination from nuclear plants, both domestic and foreign. Someone or some agency needs to be conducting regular tests, either by collecting samples directly or by testing samples provided on a regular basis by trained monitoring personnel in the US Coast Guard.

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