Tap Water in Tokyo is now unfit for Children
The Japanese government says that Tap Water in the capital has radiation levels double the allowable level for children, and the release of radiation has not been slowed yet, at all.
The only BIG news of the reactors right now, the 23rd, is that "the lights are now back on in the control room of reactor 3."
Not "its covered" not "its cooled down" not "the smoke has stopped" not "the burning fuel is out" not "we have all trucks working," not "the back up system works" and not "we have it under control."
It is still getting worse, and already it has reached the water sources for the largest city in the world, reached and contaminated. Presumably that contamination is from days ago, and will be getting worse, for days and days to come. The contamination is from leakages up to several days ago. The radioactive isotopes reached the water source, contaminated that water, it travelled through the pumping stations, through the municipal water system, through the local pipes, and out into a testing cup. The radiation there now is from an earlier point in the crisis. The water coming out of taps now, was contaminated before.
So contamination from three days ago, is not coming out yet, nor the radioctive fallout from yesterday, nor todays. Tomorrow's fallout will raise the levels, and every day until it is "fixed" - sealed, buried and decommissioned, weeks we are told by the government, weeks say the American advisers, says the IAEA, and each day will increase the levels of radiation in Tokyo's water supply.
The price for this lesson is too high, the lesson is cruel, it is expensive beyond the ability of TEPCO, it adds to the 300 billion dollar cleanup, it will affect the economy of the world. It is a terrible lesson, but we have now learned, so now we must act.
Nuclear is too great a risk. The first action is: We must drive supporters of nuclear fuel from every office, including from inside our party, in our legislatures and in every energy organization in the world.
It is time to stop arguing, and stop talking about theoretical safety, and drive them out of all offices of responsibility.
The argument is over.