Don’t Dump Japan’s Radioactive Waste in U.S.

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Target: Ernest Moniz, Secretary of U.S. Energy

Goal: Stop sending radioactive material to the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

Radioactive material from a Japanese research project is being sent to a nuclear reservation in South Carolina despite protests from the state’s governor that the area would risk becoming a “permanent dumping ground for nuclear materials.” The decision to send 730 pounds of plutonium to the Savannah River Site on the border of South Carolina and Georgia was announced ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit. That’s enough plutonium for more than 40 nuclear weapons, and the material is highly toxic.

According to the Institute for Southern Studies, the area in which the Savannah River Site is located already has longstanding environmental health risks that are disproportionately placed on low-income and African American communities. Greenpeace has claimed that the shipment of plutonium being brought over from Japan is the largest since 1992. Thirteen metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium are already stocked at the Savannah River Site, and concerns have been raised that excessive radiation could be emitted if the toxic material reaches a certain mass.

Low-income areas should not becoming dumping grounds for this toxic material. Nikki Haley, the governor of South Carolina, wrote a letter to U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz before the Summit took place, demanding that the plutonium shipment be stopped or rerouted. Sign the petition below to urge Secretary Moniz to reconsider these demands and find a better solution for disposing of dangerous nuclear materials.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Moniz,

Radioactive material is being shipped from Japan to the Savannah River Site nuclear reservation in South Carolina despite protests about the environmental risks. Governor Nikki Haley objected to the shipment weeks ago, arguing that it will put South Carolina at risk of becoming a “permanent dumping ground for nuclear materials.” The area is already facing environmental health risks that are disproportionately focused on low-income and African American communities, and the danger of excessive toxic material cannot be permitted.

According to Greenpeace, this shipment of 730 pounds plutonium, enough for almost 50 nuclear weapons, is the largest since 1992. There are already thirteen metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium stockpiled at the Savannah River Site, and excessive radiation can occur if the toxic material reaches a certain mass.

Low-income areas should not suffer simply because they are convenient dumping grounds for toxic material. I am urging you to reconsider Governor Haley’s request to stop or re-route the plutonium shipment, and take action to work toward a better solution for the disposal of dangerous materials like plutonium.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Savannah River Site

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12 Comments

  1. PETITION SIGNER & PARTAGER SIGNED & SHARED FIRMADO

  2. “The human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future – deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities and the spread of disease.” — The World Watch Institute

    http://www.cowspiracy.com/

    • There is remarkably very little arable farmland in the world, and the number of arable farms that would be required to feed the population of earth is significant.
      This the argument that it is “not true, because a Vegan diet is more efficient you would only need about 1/1000th of the land”.
      Which, unfortunately, is not a true statement of fact, but a belief.
      a person following a low-fat vegetarian diet, for example, will need less than half (0.44) an acre per person per year to produce their food
      “Surprisingly, however, a vegetarian diet is not necessarily the most efficient in terms of land use
      The reason is simple – fruits, vegetables and grains must be grown on high-quality arable cropland. Livestock based foods (such as meat and dairy products from ruminant animals) are supported by lower quality, and far more widely available, lands that are only capable of supporting pastures.
      So, based on the last set of global census data (2008) we would require 3,068,444,911 acres of arable land. At that time, the global population was 6 billion and if a global one-child programme had been enacted, the ~3,212,369,959 of arable land that was globally available may very well have sufficed.
      Not including the figures for degraded land, earth is currently losing, due to a range of factors, arable land at the conservative rate of 1% a year. Thus, a more accurate current figure is far closer to that of 3,024,382,549 acres.
      However … we now have a global population that has already crossed the 7,000,000,000 mark, thus the number of arable acres required is far closer to 3,080,000,000 – or put another way, earth now has a shortfall of ~55,617,451 acres … and rising. In short, we have passed “peak land” and our growing population requires far more arable land than we currently have available to provide the nutrition required for all of those people in a vegan form.
      As iterated, livestock are supported by lower quality (but far more widely available) land that can support pasture and hay. Thus, any claim that presumes we could simply remove the livestock and start growing vegetable or crop based foods on the existing farm land is flawed

      saving the planet and ending the suffering found in factory farms can not be achieved by refusing to eat animals, it can only be achieved by boycotting modern agricultural practices, which Keith calls “the most destructive thing that people have done to the planet

  3. VEGETARIAN/VEGAN IS THE WAY TO GO.

    • There is remarkably very little arable farmland in the world, and the number of arable farms that would be required to feed the population of earth is significant.
      This the argument that it is “not true, because a Vegan diet is more efficient you would only need about 1/1000th of the land”.
      Which, unfortunately, is not a true statement of fact, but a belief.
      a person following a low-fat vegetarian diet, for example, will need less than half (0.44) an acre per person per year to produce their food
      “Surprisingly, however, a vegetarian diet is not necessarily the most efficient in terms of land use
      The reason is simple – fruits, vegetables and grains must be grown on high-quality arable cropland. Livestock based foods (such as meat and dairy products from ruminant animals) are supported by lower quality, and far more widely available, lands that are only capable of supporting pastures.
      So, based on the last set of global census data (2008) we would require 3,068,444,911 acres of arable land. At that time, the global population was 6 billion and if a global one-child programme had been enacted, the ~3,212,369,959 of arable land that was globally available may very well have sufficed.
      Not including the figures for degraded land, earth is currently losing, due to a range of factors, arable land at the conservative rate of 1% a year. Thus, a more accurate current figure is far closer to that of 3,024,382,549 acres.
      However … we now have a global population that has already crossed the 7,000,000,000 mark, thus the number of arable acres required is far closer to 3,080,000,000 – or put another way, earth now has a shortfall of ~55,617,451 acres … and rising. In short, we have passed “peak land” and our growing population requires far more arable land than we currently have available to provide the nutrition required for all of those people in a vegan form.
      As iterated, livestock are supported by lower quality (but far more widely available) land that can support pasture and hay. Thus, any claim that presumes we could simply remove the livestock and start growing vegetable or crop based foods on the existing farm land is flawed

      saving the planet and ending the suffering found in factory farms can not be achieved by refusing to eat animals, it can only be achieved by boycotting modern agricultural practices, which Keith calls “the most destructive thing that people have done to the planet

  4. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared.

  5. JAPAN dumps radioactive waste and Egypt takes and ships our WATER. Our Government, EVERY aspect is a failure.

  6. Raka Satori says:

    I live near Carlsbad caverns in New Mexico. We have been informed that nuclear waste from Japan u s coming here. In 1980s, we fought against using caverns for nuclear waste. Of course, the industry finslly got their way. The concession was that only low level waste would be allowed. Now or course that stipulation is being overpowered by the American corporations that are complicit in the Japanese disaster.

  7. sandra mason says:

    why is this country willing to be a schmuck for every other country????

  8. Sick of People Like you. says:

    Let Japan keep their own nuclear waste. Maybe the world should just stop making nuclear waste and then no one would have to worry about it.

  9. Why should the U.S. have to deal with Japan’s (or any other country’s) nuclear waste. Let each country deal with their own.

  10. JohninRockville says:

    Deliver it to the butchers at the Cove.

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