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Green Party Requests UN to Takeover Fukushima Reactors, GPPA News Release, January 10, 2019, https://www.gpofpa.org/green_party_requests_un_to_takeover_fukushima_reactors.
Ambassador Inga Rhonda King
United Nations Economic & Social Council, President
685 Third Avenue, Suite 1108
New York, NY 10017
Open Letter regarding Fukushima Daiichi: Seven Years Later and a Plan Forward
Thank you for reading our words so you can see what we see. We all have loved ones, many of us are parents. We know we must act now as stewards of the Earth’s water, air and soil for the benefit of future generations.
The Japanese Government releases of 300 tons of water contaminated with radioactive particles into the Pacific Ocean each day. As the current plant operator of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FukuStation), the Japanese Government dumps fresh water into the remains of the three reactor buildings blown up in 2011. It does this to cool the remains of the fuel rods which melted inside. FukuStation must be sealed off to the natural environment!
The 2011 triple disasters created two classes of Japanese residents: the evacuees and those residents who did not flee the nuclear fallout from FukuStation. Some residents have been forever banned from returning home. They received a mandatory evacuation notice from the Japanese Government. Like the people who fled the nuclear fallout surrounding Chernobyl’s damaged nuclear reactor, the lives of the children, women and men who resided around FukuStation have changed forever. Government contractors have begun to contain and temporarily store the radioactive pollution now found in their homes and businesses. This waste remains throughout the region, stacked like municipal garbage.
The Japanese Government violates the human rights of these forced evacuees. In 2013 and 2017, Special Rapporteurs Grover and Tuncak of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council “recommended” the Japanese Government reduce the maximum permissible radiation dose to residents from 20 milisieverts per year to 1 milisievert per year.
The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ESC) noted similar problems after Chernobyl. Paragraph 5 of ESC Resolution 1990/50 made an “urgent appeal to all States Members …to mitigate the consequences of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.” The General Assembly, as a result, passed it’s own Resolution 45/190. Both these Resolutions ultimately lead to the immense roof being placed over the Chernobyl sealed off reactor building as we write.
The Green Party of United States respectfully requests an audience with Ambassador King. We wish to discuss our Open Letter, Background with Endnotes and the 2013 Experts’ Letter to Ban Ki moon included in our materials. We would ask Ricky Adaichi and Dr. Kiode to speak. We would also ask for you to hear from a person who signed the 2013 Experts’ Letter to Ban Ki moon. Ricky Adaichi is GreensJapan’s International Secretary. Dr. Hiroaki Koide is a former assistant professor at the Research Reactor Institute of Kyoto University. Mr. Adaichi would also translate for us.
Should other persons be present who disagree with our views, then we will have a lively, but civil, discussion. That is our goal. Should you thereafter decide not pursue the actions our Open Letter recommends, you will have heard our voices and spoken with us in person.
One world, one human race. Thank you Ambassador King,
Tom Bailey and Steven Verchinski
Green Party of US International Committee members
Jody Grage, Green Party of US, Secretary