Target: The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Goal: Prevent nuclear disasters by updating nuclear reactors with improved safety features
Currently, 23 reactors identical to those which caused the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima are still operating across the United States. These GE manufactured reactors are a known, life-threatening danger, yet nothing has been done to either fix them or shut them down. In fact, GE and its supporters have been lobbying against a protective measure that Japan made mandatory post-Fukushima.
The explosion of nuclear reactors in Fukushima caused large levels of radiation to leak out into the surrounding areas and displaced over 10,000 people. Research shows that those in the area during the expulsion of dangerous nuclear material are at an elevated cancer risk, that harmful amounts of waste have leaked into the Pacific Ocean, and that there is now radiation in many agricultural products.
In light of the disaster at the Fukushima power-plant, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed that U.S. nuclear power plants install a special filter that prevents a buildup of explosive gases. Though it would be ideal to shut down nuclear plants entirely, a move such as this needs to be done over a long span of time and with a specific transition plan implemented. The fixing of dangerous reactors is the first step in a long process. This measure would fix an inherent design flaw and hopefully prevent disastrous explosions from occurring.
Unfortunately, GE’s interest is not in protecting the people, but in making money. Despite the threat that these dangerous reactors currently pose towards Americans, GE has been lobbying against the measure. It would be a costly move and their greed outweighs their consideration of the public’s safety.
Currently, tens of millions of Americans live near nuclear reactors. Soon, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will vote on this measure. Protect fellow citizens and urge members of the NRC to cast a “Yes” vote when considering this necessary safety measure.
Dear U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission,
In the near future, you will vote on whether or not radiation-scrubbing filters should be installed in dangerous nuclear reactors located across the United States. As I’m sure you are well aware, this mandate would include reactors identical to those that caused the nuclear disaster in Fukushima in 2011.
Currently, tens of millions of Americans reside near nuclear reactors and continue to live under the threat of a nuclear explosion. As evidenced by Fukushima, the installation of filters in these dangerous reactors is an expensive but necessary measure. Though the U.S. nuclear industry has strongly lobbied against this proposal, they do so not with the safety of Americans in mind, but rather their wallets.
Our safety is in your hands. Please vote “Yes” when the time comes to decide whether or not to install radiation-scrubbing filters.
[Your Name Here]
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