Crabshell Alliance, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 10, 2016
Contacts: Gwen DuBois 410-615-0717 or Max Obuszewski 410-366-1637/727-543-3227 or mobuszewski at verizon.net
WHO: The Crabshell Alliance was formed by individuals who recognize the dangers and hazards of nuclear energy. The group participates in demonstrations, attends hearings, provides testimony and produces documents which highlight the threatening nature of using nuclear energy. The group has commemorated the anniversary of the Fukushima disaster every year since 2012. Go to www.crabshellalliance.org.
WHAT: The Crabshell Alliance will host its annual commemoration of the ongoing Fukushima disaster, which began on March 11, 2011. Following a major earthquake, a tsunami disabled the power supply and cooling of three Fukushima Daiichi reactors, causing a nuclear accident. All three cores largely melted in the first three days. Five years later Japan and many parts of the world are suffering from this ongoing disaster. The area around Fukushima remains a National Sacrifice Zone. One major problem at the Fukushima Daiichi Plant is the make of the nuclear reactor and the containment vessel. Five of the six reactors are GE Mark 1 models. This design has long be challenged by experts for years because they have proven to be inadequate in containment during an accident.
The organization wants to highlight two other potential disasters in the state of Maryland. Activists are organizing Cove Point Spring Break. The Dominion Cove Point liquefied natural gas export terminal is the centerpiece of the fracked-gas infrastructure build-out currently underway in the mid-Atlantic U.S. The gas industry is tying much of its financial future to exports, and Cove Point, Maryland, is the place it has selected to liquefy the gas, put it on tankers, and bring it around the world. Imagine what might happen in Calvert County if there is a possible accident. The Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant is about a mile away.
Another concern is the gas facility in Accident, Maryland. Have you heard of the “Accident Dome”? It is a name used for part of an aging underground natural gas storage facility in Accident built in the 1960s. The site houses a compressor station and an underground storage field covering roughly 53 square miles which is owned and managed by Spectra Energy (Texas Eastern), a natural gas company. It is suspected the site is emitting methane into the air. Can this aging plant develop a major leak as happened at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in northwest Los Angeles? Anti-nuclear activists will raise these concerns.
WHEN: From 10 AM to noon on Friday, March 11, 2016
WHERE: Exelon, 750 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202
WHY: It is time oil and gas companies recognize there is a need for a carbon-free future and a major movement towards sustainability. The Fukushima nuclear disaster will impact forests, rivers and estuaries for hundreds of years, warns Greenpeace report. The environmental impacts of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster will last decades to centuries, warns a new Greenpeace Japan report. Man-made, long-lived radioactive elements are absorbed into the living tissues of plants and animals and recycled through food webs, and carried downstream to the Pacific Ocean by typhoons, snowmelt, and flooding. “The government’s massive decontamination program will have almost no impact on reducing the ecological threat from the enormous amount of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Already, over 9 million cubic metres of nuclear waste are scattered over at least 113,000 locations across Fukushima prefecture,” said Kendra Ulrich, Senior Nuclear Campaigner at Greenpeace Japan. “The Abe government is perpetuating a myth that five years after the start of the nuclear accident the situation is returning to normal. The evidence exposes this as political rhetoric, not scientific fact. And unfortunately for the victims, this means they are being told it is safe to return to environments where radiation levels are often still too high and are surrounded by heavy contamination.”
The report is based on a large body of independent scientific research in impacted areas in the Fukushima region, as well as investigations by Greenpeace radiation specialists over the past five years. It exposes deeply flawed assumptions by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Abe government in terms of both decontamination and ecosystem risks. It further draws on research on the environmental impact of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe as an indication of the potential future for contaminated areas in Japan.This anniversary is another reminder about the grave safety concerns presented by nuclear power, and the use oil and gas. Our only hope is the use of renewable energy sources.
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