U.S Representative Edward Markey (D-Mass), the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Energy Commerce Committee, has called on Japan to come clean about the true state of the country’s nuclear disaster.
Markey says there are too many conflicting accounts for anyone to have a complete picture of the condition of Fukushima Dai-ichi or the nuclear radiation it has emitted since being struck by an earthquake and tsunami.
In a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Committee, Markey writes, “I believe that it is vitally important to all those who may be considering leaving the vicinity of the impacted reactors to be receiving accurate and unbiased written assessment of current conditions.” He went on to say, “It is also important that the American public fully understand the potential magnitude and timing associated with a worst-case core melt-down and radiation release or spent fuel fire.”
Which led Markey to request a safety review of 31 reactors in the U.S. that are copycat designs of Dai-ichi. He also wants a moratorium on placement of all new reactors earmarked for seismically sensitive areas until top to bottom inspections to grasp the resiliency of nuclear plants and plans for an emergency response and backup power to prevent a meltdown is completed.
He has also requested that the Obama administration restore a 2002 law that requires the distribution of potassium Iodide to people living within 20 miles of a U.S. nuclear facility. The pills can help prevent cancer-causing effects of radiation poisoning.
(To read Rep. Markey’s letter click on Rock The Capital.)
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