I'd like to draw your attention to a recent article written in Nation of Change that should make you sit up and pay attention. Tepco is preparing to remove fuel rods at Fukushima, Unit 4, a pool, that stands 100 feet in the air and holds 400 tons of fuel and 1,535 highly radioactive rods, that may already be damaged and beyond repair. There are indications that Tepco is facing bankruptcy and may not have the resources or the expertise to undertake this task with safety. This is not just Japan's problem. It's the world's problem, so I invite you to inform yourself as much as you can, and to sign the enclosed petition requesting help from the United Nations and President Barack Obama.
The petition is as follows:
"At Fukushima Unit-4, the impending removal of hugely radioactive spent fuel rods from a pool 100 feet in the air presents unparalleled scientific and engineering challenges. With the potential for 15,000 times more fallout than was released at Hiroshima, we ask the world community, through the United Nations, to take control of this uniquely perilous task."
Please consider signing this petition.
I would also like to form a circle at our Zen Life & Meditation Center that will exist for the next 60 days, to help us stay informed about this, and to inform the rest of our community about what is happening there. I volunteer to be the steward. If you would like to join me in this circle, we could simply call it the "Fukushima Circle", please email or call me at 708.689.1220.
Robert Joshin Althouse