Ga. Greens: Danger from Fukushima nuclear plant damage should be a warning to Georgians

Press release from Georgia Greens:

Fukushima Radioactive Release Should Serve as Warning Greens Urge
Obama to Withdraw Loan Guarantees for Nukes

“We are horrified, but not at all surprised by this latest nuclear
accident,” said Denice Traina, a health-care worker residing in
Augusta Georgia and former co-chair of the Georgia Green Party.
“Fukushima has now joined Chernobyl and Three Mile Island as beacons
to the human folly of boiling water with nuclear fission.”

News agencies from around the world are reporting on a Saturday
explosion at a nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan which destroyed the
containment building housing a nuclear power reactor, triggering a
radiation leak. The disaster was set off by an earthquake which hit
8.9 on the Richter scale and the resultant tsunami. The explosion and
resulting fire were caught on video and have been published to
youtube.

In 2010, the Obama Administration announced tax-payer financed loan
guarantees for the construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant
Vogtle in Burke County, Georgia.

“Greens in Georgia and elsewhere urge the administration to reverse
itself on the insanity of using public assets to finance a new round
of nuclear construction,” said Adam Shapiro, Co-Chair of the Georgia
Green Party, resident of Atlanta and a radio show host. “Private
capital has known for years what a poor investment nuclear power is.
If not for these taxpayer backed loan guarantees and the immunity from
liability provided by the ill-advised Congressional Price-Anderson
Act, the nuclear industry would have long ago succumbed to market
forces.”

Engineering firms and bond financiers still stand to make tremendous
profits from the industry, if public tax dollars can be found to
underwrite the failed technology. Heralding a new generation of safe
nuclear reactors, fission is being sold as a ‘carbon-free energy’.
That can only be said if one ignores the tremendous carbon footprint
of the nuclear fuel cycle. Greens urge investments instead in solar,
wind and geothermal technologies which would harness the Earth’s solar
income, rather than tapping its fossile fuel savings.

“While Fukushima underscores the insanity of the Yucca proposal to
store nuclear wastes over a fault line, the 1986 explosion in the
Ukraine shows us you don’t have to build a reactor on a fault line to
incur these risks,” said Traina, whose kids and grandchild all live
within thirty miles of Plant Vogtle. Studies have documented nearly a
million radiation-related deaths since the April 26th, 1986 Chernobyl
disaster, which led to nuclear fallout and raised background radiation
levels throughout the Northern Hemisphere.