It Has Been Zero Days Since The Last Nuclear Catastrophe

Caitlin Johnstone

Fukushima Daiichi is still pouring radioactive water into the Pacific ocean, the consequences of which we still don't know in the short term and can't predict in the long term.

TEPCO has been making its latest pathetic attempt at rectifying its crimes against humanity by trying to freeze a one-mile barrier around the four reactors damaged in the 2011 Japanese tsunami over the last five months. Unsurprisingly, it has failed, with the barrier doing "little or nothing" to prevent 300 tons of groundwater per day from becoming polluted by pouring through the highly radioactive meltdown zone.

Three hundred tons of groundwater. Per day. Not in 2011. Every single day for the last five and-a-half years. This is currently happening, right now.

So for those of you who have been arguing the bizarre narrative that nuclear power is still safe, at least do us all a favor and have the intellectual honesty to stop referring to nuclear disasters in the past tense. Even Chernobyl, 30 years after that disaster, is still requiring further work, with a new sarcophagus being constructed at great expense and hopefully put in place next year before anything else goes wrong there. But that's nothing compared to the ongoing disaster of tons upon tons of radioactive water being loosed into our environment via groundwater every single day.

Nuclear power is far from safe. We can use hindsight and say such-and-such precautions ought to have been taken with Chernobyl and TEPCO could have done so-and-so in Fukushima, if security workers had remembered to open the emergency pump valve after testing it at Three Mile Island the disaster wouldn't have happened, etc. But we're human. Those disasters did happen, for reasons we couldn't have predicted, in ways we didn't anticipate, despite all the precautions we took.

And they will happen again. It has been proven beyond a doubt that we cannot possibly account for all the factors and variables needed to ensure that nuclear power plants can operate safely on this planet, and Fukushima has proven that we cannot contain the results of those disasters even years after they begin.

And yet the Twitterverse explodes when Jill Stein says these cataclysms-in-waiting need to be shut down? Right.

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