So, if you’ve been watching the news or been on Facebook lately (I’m guessing one is far likelier than the other), Americans are going batshit over whether or not transsexuals have the right to use the bathroom that they prefer rather than using the one assigned to them by biology. This is definitely an issue that deserves addressing, as it pertains to a group of underrepresented and often rejected portion of our society. However, there is an issue that deserves as much if not more attention from the media and the public in general. Not one, but two nuclear reactors in the United States are leaking radiation. And it’s very possible that one of these leaks could be worse than Fukushima.
The University of Miami has found that the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant just south of Miami has caused levels of Tritium (a radioactive isotope produced by nuclear reactors) in Biscayne Bay to spike to 200 times higher than normal levels. This basically has confirmed suspicions that the aging nuclear plant is leaking radiation into the nearby National Park. “This is one of several things we were very worried about,” South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard, who is also a biological sciences professor at Florida International University, told the Miami New Times. “You would have to work hard to find a worse place to put a nuclear plant, right between two national parks and subject to hurricanes and storm surge.”
This leak is now endangering the water supply of the residents of Florida, as well as endangered plant and animal life in the region, as the nuclear plant is located between two separate National Parks. State regulators are still not acting on what could become the next major health crisis in America. It even has the power to put Florida into a very immediate state of emergency.
And if that’s not bad enough, there is another nuclear leak in the state of New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo has confirmed that the Indian Point nuclear facility is leaking tritium into the groundwater! Cuomo called an investigation after Indian Point, a facility that sits on the Hudson River, reported a leak of radioactive material flowing into the groundwater. Samples from groundwater show that levels of tritium are 80% higher than at previous times. Governor Cuomo encouraged Entergy, the company that runs Indian Point, to shut down the facility. But do you think they listened? Entergy responded with this: “While elevated tritium in the ground onsite is not in accordance with our standards, there is no health or safety consequence to the public, Releases are more than a thousand times below federal permissible limits. The tritium did not affect any source of drinking water onsite or offsite.” Does anyone even begin to believe this, the idea that radiation leaking into the groundwater will affect no one? Indian Point is located just 25 miles north of New York City–and serves the electrical needs of around 2 million people. If nothing is done about these nuclear spills and Indian Point in particular, some are saying it could be an even worse disaster than Fukushima. The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission has repeatedly weakened federal regulations to allow plants to keep operating, despite thousands of problems ranging from corroded pipes to cracked concrete and radioactive leaks.
Let’s be clear–the reason the media is not covering this and the reason that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission made their decision and the reason that Entergy released their public statement as it was is to AVOID THE PUBLIC PANICKING. To avoid a public outcry against the things that are happening in this country, and now in particular this thing that is threatening the health of millions of American Citizens. We need to act on this before any more can happen in the way of Nuclear spillage. Renewable energy is the only way to ensure that more damage to our planet and to our people does not occur. If we don’t act now in a public, united outcry, it may be too late when it finally comes. The demand for these types of things to stop has to come sooner than later if we are going to survive. The hour is far later than any media outlet or Commission or government would like us to believe–and we only shorter our timetable when we continue things like nuclear energy and other actions that pollute and damage and weaken our environment. Do whatever you can. Get out there with picket signs, organize protests, talk to your friends at parties about the shit they don’t pay attention to while they’re watching American Idol or completely isolating themselves with Netflix. Be that annoying gadfly in people’s ears to wake them up to what the fuck is going on. Act now, because that’s all we have.
Protect our Mother before it’s too late.