A pair of organic farmers, their families and a contingent of anti-nuclear activists arrived in Washington DC to share the real experiences of people in Japan dealing with the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. The group was able to meet with the US NRC commisioners and staff, they also held a press conference. They describe the ongoing struggles of families to leave the contaminated areas as family, jobs, lack of government aid and financial strains keep people from leaving for safety.
They described the problems with government figures being artificially low and finding that 75% of the schools should be considered too radioactive for use. Other government failings that caused more harm. “Some were evacuated from Fukushima to places where the radiation levels were even higher, but they were not told,”
One of the farmers lives 603km from the plant and are suffering financial losses and radiation problems at their farm, even at a great distance.
The group hoped to remind people in the US, and in the US government that this isn’t just a Japan problem, this is a world wide problem and another Fukushima could easily happen in the US. The US currently operates a large number of aging GE Mark 1 reactors identical to Fukushima Daiichi.
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