Not for nothing but one might think that after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan would be more sensitive to the implications of radiation than any other place on earth.
The Fukushima incident nipped that speculation all to hell. It doesn’t take a scientist to surmise that nuclear power plants are dangerous. Here, there and everywhere, hazardous materials are potentially, well, hazardous!
I grew up in New Mexico, near Los Alamos, where classified work towards the design of nuclear weapons is undertaken. In 2011, when wild fires began to encroach on areas where toxic waste barrels are stored, my husband and I decided it would be a good idea to leave the state.
That said, if we had the history of nuclear bombs being dropped on our cities and the effects if radiation in our bloodlines rather than the faint nagging worry of the possibility of a nuclear disaster, we might be very different people. Different people with a much more visceral attitude toward the potential that was being amassed in our back yard.
As more information is released concerning the particulars of the Fukushima plant, it makes me wonder about the oversights and negligence that must take place at all nuclear power plants. The upkeep of such a place seems to be nearly impossible. The implications of storing radioactive waste materials are daunting enough, let alone maintaining a reactor…
While the very notion of safe nuclear power plants defies logic, I am stunned that Japan would create a place on Japanese soil to house such a monster, for emotional reasons. It seems like the Japanese people would be the first in line to advocate for a nuclear free world. Japanese government included.
As the effects of radiation from the Fukushima disaster continue to spread throughout the oceans and spills out into the food we eat and the air we breathe, it seems timely, in fact likely too late, to argue against nuclear energy world wide.
Even from a twisted political viewpoint, now is the time to base a platform on the eradication of existing power plants and the careful elimination of potentially all life on earth-threatening nuclear-fueled projects. If environmental concerns have been too unpopular in the past, the time seems ripe for an overwhelming shift in that contest.
Let us not be touched by unavoidable radiation in this way and continue, as Japan has done, to continue playing ball with the dark hand of death. We have had no bombs dropped directly upon us. Yet. But clearly it is time to pay attention to the threat of unplanned, unexpected, accidental possibilities of all the power plants and storage facilities that are all over the world.