Target: Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Goal: Convince the EPA to conduct a comprehensive study on the potential effects, if any, of the radiation that is leaking from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant
On March 11th, 2011 a catastrophic tsunami hit the coast of Japan, decimating everything in its path. This enormous wave struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and caused a catastrophic meltdown in three of the site’s six nuclear reactors. It has been called the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl and has caused many countries around the world to rethink their stances on nuclear power. What hasn’t been addressed is the amount of radioactive water and/or material still be leaking into the Pacific Ocean and which may be dumped there at a later date.
In the three years since the disaster maps have been popping up predicting that a large plume of radiation could reach the West Coast of the United States sometime this year, but almost all of these are based on speculation and hearsay rather than scientific fact. While some federal agencies claim to be monitoring radiation levels in imported food, for example, there have been no comprehensive studies done on the potential impacts of radiation leaking into the Pacific Ocean.
According to the Japanese Ministry of the Environment, roughly 300 tons of contaminated water continues to leak into the Pacific Ocean every single day. In addition thousands of tons of contaminated water are being siphoned off and stored in tanks around the Fukushima Daiichi facility until officials can decide what to do with them, but these are swiftly reaching capacity and may have to be dumped into the ocean as well.
When it comes right down to it people are scared and are unable to assuage this fear with accurate and current information. No one really knows if people on the West Coast should stop eating fish and start stocking up on iodine pills, or if there is no threat whatsoever. This is where we need the EPA to step in.
Press the EPA to conduct a study on the possible effects of the radiation leaking from Fukushima Daiichi. Even if the study concludes that there is no threat, Americans have the right to complete, accurate and unbiased information on the potential risks.
Dear Ms. McCarthy,
It has been more than three years since the devastating tsunami struck Japan and caused the catastrophic meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Since then numerous news reports and online articles have stated that the West Coast of the United States may be threatened by radioactive water leaking from the damaged reactors. Unfortunately for the average reader or news watcher, it is nearly impossible to discern fact from fiction, and people are scared.
I ask that you perform a comprehensive study on the effects, if any, of the radiation leaking from Fukushima. While the study may prove that there is nothing to worry about, people still deserve to get the truth from an unbiased source.
[Your Name Here]
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