The death of the nuclear energy

16 Mar 2011

For the last 30 years France and Japan have been steadily forging on towards a dazzling and unlimited nuclear energy.

Fast breeder reactors down, reprocessing of spent fuel, unnecessary reserves of plutonium, reactors packed up like sardines, internal discharges of waste and spent fuel, the Japanese and French governments have not stopped to consolidate, to reinforce, to encourage, to support, to complement, to glorify and to deceive each other in the field of civil nuclear power.

The radioactive particles which are escaping from the Fukushima power plant originate from mixed fuel consisting of uranium and plutonium made in France at Marcoule by AREVA.

The never ending debates concerning the level of classification according to the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) show unrest and diversion. In Fukushima-Daiichi there are 6 reactors which are in a state of emergency and every event must be the subject of a specific assessment. If level 30 and 40 existed they could be referred to, in addition it is customary to determine the level after the event has taken place.

The extraordinary self-assurance and incompetence of Tepco (Tokyo Electric Power COmpany) and Japanese authorities signal the end of a 30 years cooperation between France and Japan, marked by repressed or played down demonstrations at the Cherbourg port or at Japanese nuclear sites.

After the domino of explosions, fires, atmospheric and marine rejects, come the Fukushima heroes who just like the liquidators at Chernobyl, sacrifice themselves with the means at hand and outside of written procedures trying to stop the worst case scenario and to protect their families.

In the wake of the event areas of evacuation and of temporary or permanent exclusion, the unbearable images of sorting through the contaminated and uncontaminated, the fear of milk, of rice, of fish and of water will come.

In France, an official steering committee on the management of a nuclear accident aftermath worked from 2007 to 2009.The work did not translate into field enforcement and showed overall that a return to normal, the elimination of water and farmland contamination, the decontamination of buildings, the waste storage, the population management, the fate of farm animals and the tracing and monitoring of radioactive areas will in time face insurmountable difficulties.

On behalf of the public interests no democratic country has the right to expose a portion of its population, its territory or neighbouring countries and seas to inflict such persistent scars and traumas.

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