The Fairfax, CA-Fukushima Connection

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The Fairfax, CA City Council Members listen to public comment on their ground-breaking Fukushima resolution, which they later passed unimously.

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Local City Council Demands Planetarian Response

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“Urgent international rescue” Needed
Consistent with its ground-breaking leadership role pioneering local official resistance to unregulated cell tower proliferation, GMO foods, and ‘smart’ meter deployment, the Fairfax, CA City Council, on Dec. 4, 2013, became one of the first municipal jurisdictions to unanimously approve a measure advocating for 1) an independent expert panel to be formed by the UN General Assembly for transparent international involvement in mitigating the on-going Fukushima nuclear disaster and 2) asking for government monitoring of seafood for radioactivity from Fukushima pollution.

[ Media coverage:
Radioactive Fukushima Water Headed for US West Coast
As nuclear industry and allies in government play down risk, scientists warn there is no such thing as safe radiation

California town passes Fukushima resolution: “Urgent international rescue” needed at site — “Poses health and safety concerns to America’s West Coast” — “Much greater contamination is likely”

Fairfax Resolution text ]

Gov. Agencies Asleep on the Job
Resolution co-author, Council Member Larry Bragman, reported that his attempts to contact local disaster preparedness officials resulted in “a resounding nothing.” Agreeing with a comment from the audience that citizen-based Fukushima fallout monitoring efforts are way ahead of official responses, Bragman said, “The government is not doing its job.”

The Fairfax resolution [PDF here] is an example of a beginning movement on the part of city and county councils to take the lead in developing model legislation demanding transparent, independent monitoring of the on-going contamination of air, ocean and food by the continuing Fukushima nuclear disaster, as well as international efforts to support Japan in dealing with what is increasingly seen as a planetary emergency. [ See draft Berkeley, CA City Council Resolution here. ]

Despite well-funded nuclear industry PR claims of a coming ‘global nuclear renaissance,’ both public and expert growing opinion suggest that Fukushima marks the beginning of the end of the heavily-subsidized, and essentially ecocidal and un-democratic nuclear industry.

International investor reluctance to assume the financial risk of further nuclear power expansion in the face of what energy pundit Amory Lovins has termed “a terminal overdose of market forces,” is strikingly reflected in the recent statement by the head of the World Bank. ‘“We don’t do nuclear energy,” said World Bank president Jim Yong Kim as he and UN leader Ban Ki-moon outlined efforts to make sure all people have access to electricity by 2030.’ [Read more here. ]

As the Fukushima fallout continues with no end in sight, other radioactivity monitoring needs are for all food and supplements as well as for ocean and air monitoring since the Fukushima Dai-ichi melt-downs are emitting thousands of billions of becquerels per day into the air and ocean.

The radioactivity after the initial meltdowns and explosions of March 2011 reached the west coast of North America within four days. According to many computer modelings by ocean scientists from the U.S., Germany and Japan, radioactivity released into the ocean will be arriving in a surface plume and in currents along the coast of North America beginning likely in early 2014. This radioactivity will combine with the fog and become rain and will move across the land.

Through bio-accumulation and bio-magnefication, (rain on grass, cows eat grass, milk can become radioactive or small fish eating plankton, larger fish eat the smaller, etc) the radioactive particles released, such as Cesium 134 and Cesium 137, Plutonium and Strontium 90, will enter the food chain and can be ingested.

Additional resources:
HEALTH RISKS FROM EXPOSURE TO LOW LEVELS OF IONIZING RADIATION
BEIR VII PHASE 2

Fukushima – The fate of contaminated waters
Read the full story at environmentalresearchweb:

http://environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/news/50176

Radiation On West Coast of North America Could End Up Being 10 Times HIGHER than in Japan

NYT Editorial
Japan’s Illiberal Secrecy Law

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5 Responses to The Fairfax, CA-Fukushima Connection

  1. Pingback: Berkeley official requests Health Dept. inform public of elevated risks from Fukushima contamination; Council to vote on plan next week – Fairfax Official: ‘No one’s monitoring radiation levels on West Coast … Gov’t is not doing its job&

  2. Nancy S. says:

    Found the article and video here at Enenews. Great job. Not sure the UN is the right entity to be involved, as the IAEA and WHO, UNSCEAR have consistently downplayed the risks of what they call “low level radiation.”

    That being said, I applaud all your efforts. Your work is instrumental in laying the groundwork for protecting everyone from the radiation we’re now being bombarded with, daily.

    IMO we need to begin at the level of communities in monitoring the radiation — water and food safety, etc. Wish there were some way to get a team formed to tackle the Fukushima issue w/o involving the players who helped create the problem. Yes, I mean the U.N. But I don’t know who that will be.

    Great comments on the nuclear industry. It’s truly a horror. Had I known how bad it truly is, I’d have become an activist back in the TMI days.

  3. Nancy S. says:

    BTW, I’m very, very glad to see you’re moving forward on working with local governments to put a plan of action in place. Thank you for your truly visionary work. Again, great article with references. One of the best journalistic pieces I’ve seen on Fukushima, to date.

  4. Sean says:

    Thank you so much for your efforts and attention on this pressing matter.

    Citizens will have a chance to make their voices heard to upper echelon policy makers and industry during The Word Ocean Summit, Feb 24-26, at the Ritz Carlton, 1 Miramontes Road, Half Moon Bay, Ca.

    Present your voice and person, on behalf of the countless lives to be touched by this tragedy, and demand the immediate containment of Fukushima Daiichi’s nuclear fallout. The technological solutions exist, but the political and financial will still do not.

    Help. Learn more. http://de.reddit.com/r/Fukushima/comments/1vr57a/petition_the_world_ocean_summit_2014_the/

    Meet. Coordinate.
    #WOSFukuNow

  5. Admin says:

    Thanks so much, Nancy. High praise!

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