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Monday, July 15, 2024

Letter to the Editor: Regarding Fukushima


After reading Daniel Herman’s column (Cosmic Relevance, published October 10, 2013) regarding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, I want to bring the following to mind.

There are three major problems regarding the unfolding crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant that could also affect Davis, and especially the west coast of North America.

Three reactor cores that melted down are missing, radiated water has been leaking from the plant in mass quantities for 2.5 years and 11,000 spent nuclear fuel rods, perhaps the most dangerous things ever created by humans, are stored at the plant and need to be removed. 1,533 of those are in a very precarious and dangerous position, especially Unit 4, which is very unstable.

Each of these three problems could result in dramatic radiation events, unlike any radiation exposure humans have ever experienced.

Concerned citizens are asking the world community, through the United Nations, to take control of this uniquely perilous task.

One can go to nukefree.org for more information and petitions to sign.


Gary Saylin

Shields Library Assistant II

KDVS volunteer



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