A public meeting attended by over 70 people, hosted by TASC on Tuesday evening at Leiston Community Centre, saw Japanese anti-nuclear activist Kazuhiko Kobayashi explain how the Fukushima disaster of 2011 remains a real threat to local Japanese citizens as well as to the global community.

Kazuhiko has travelled throughout Europe over the last few years to warn people about the dangers of nuclear power but, more specifically, about the impact the disaster nine years ago had and continues to have on the young. Japanese children from the contaminated area are showing a greater incidence of thyroid cancer today than before the accident, he said; before the earthquake and tsunami devastated the Fukushima nuclear complex, causing loss-of-coolant melt downs in three of the four reactors, thyroid cancer was unknown in children.

Kazuhiko shocked his audience with dramatic pictures of thousands of blue, plastic containers lying on the beach in front of the crippled plant and some casually stacked in gardens in residential areas. Huge tanks filled with radioactive waste water are likewise stored on the site. They are guaranteed for just five years before they are prone to failure.

Kazuhiko works with charities throughout Japan, and worldwide, raising money for the children of Fukushima, offering them holidays in uncontaminated parts of the country where they can enjoy the freedom to play outside and breathe fresh air, things they are unable to do in Fukushima.

A TASC spokesperson said after the meeting, ‘We are indebted to Kazuhiko for travelling at his own expense to talk to us and warn us about the consequences of unforeseen nuclear accidents. We must remember that in addition to the local dangers to life from the on-going radiation hazard, radioactive waste is being continually discharged to the Pacific and alpha-emitting particulates from the accident continue to circulate the planet in the jet-stream, gradually settling out to contaminate the soil, land, water and homes causing long-term but incalculable health consequences over generations.’

Thanks are due to the attendees for their generosity as £450 was raised at the meeting for the relief programmes for the children of Fukushima.

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Mark Whitby FReng presented an in depth account and analysis of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster at a very well attended meeting at Yoxford Village Hall on Friday 20th May.

The subject matter was chilling: by giving the audience an hour-by-hour, day-by-day account, from the moment the tsunami struck in the Pacific Ocean to the present day, Mark captured the cliff hanger that was the management of the dangerous and destructive forces that were at work. He then emphasised the ongoing magnitude of managing the ensuing situation which still exists up to the present day.

It was clearly illustrated that we owe a debt of gratitude to the Tepco employees who put their own lives in severe danger whilst trying to control the three disabled reactors. The fourth reactor was not working at the time. However, the spent fuel pond became dangerously close to losing the cooling water which kept the spent fuel from overheating. The loss of all cooling water could have caused the fuel to catch fire, resulting in an even more disastrous situation to arise .

On Wednesday 7th May 2014 Suffolk Coastal Friends of the Earth and TASC (Together Against Sizewell C) held a public meeting to which Tim Deere-Jones was invited as a guest speaker. Tim is an Independent marine pollution consultant with 30 years experience of innovative desk and field research into aspects of the behaviour and fate of marine radioactivity. He is an Honours graduate of Cardiff University’s Dept of Maritime Studies where his core studies covered Marine Pollution, Marine Environmental Sciences, Ocean/Atmosphere Systems and Marine Anthropology.

The meeting was extremely interesting and informative, and Tim has kindly sent us a copy of the slides he used. The presentation was recorded, however due to technical difficulties we were only able to transcribe part of Tims talk. The portion that we have together with the accompanying slides are set out in the pdf here
 

Thank you to all who came to the Jonathon Porritt meeting on the 19th. The meeting was attended by about 140 people, and the donations collected covered the cost of the room. Below is an article from the eastern daily press of march 18th outlining some of the topics Jonathon spoke about.

Claims that ‘insane’ economics of nuclear industry will kill off Sizewell C plans

The “completely insane” economics of the nuclear industry are likely to kill off plans for a third nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast, one of Britain’s leading environmental campaigners forecast yesterday.

The proposal to build Sizewell C was probably destined to “die under the weight of its own massive, white elephant’s weight,” said green heavyweight Jonathon Porritt.

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TASC Inaugural Meeting 20-7-2013

Leiston Community Centre