Thursday, January 30, 2014

Green Party Leader of Canada Response to my Email on Fukushima 
Sent:January-30-14 10:45:37 AM
Subject:Mr. Harper your silence is CRIMINAL‏
Dear Mr. Pede,
Thank you for writing expressing concern about the Fukushima disaster of March, 2011.
While the catastrophe at Fukushima happened nearly three years ago, we are still dealing with the fall-out. There have been reported spillages from the site of the meltdown as recently as October, 2013. This came only a few months after it was announced in August that the plant had leaked 300 tonnes of contaminated water.
TEPCO has been dealing with the contaminated water situation on its own and has not proven competent. Recent events and ongoing crises indicate that help is desperately needed to contain the ongoing dangers regarding the Fukushima Reactors. As the Government of Japan has announced that they will be taking over the management of the situation from TEPCO, I think it is time that Canada offered assistance in the clean-up. Though we are thousands of miles way, we share this water with Japan and many in Canada have voiced concerns over our food safety.
In addition to offering assistance to the Japanese government, we need to make sure we are protected against the negative consequences of these spills. In August, I wrote to our ministers of Foreign Affairs, Health, Fisheries, and Agriculture, asking that they do more to examine the levels of radiation in our food and water supplies and look into whether these spills may have violated international treaties. You can read these letters here:
My hope is that all water and food is at a safe level in British Columbia, but I fear that we are not doing enough to ensure public confidence.
Nuclear energy is a risky, poor economic and unsustainable choice. We are unable to safely dispose of nuclear waste; long term disposal requires isolation from the biosphere for a quarter of a million years.  When the unexpected happens, we suffer the disasters exhibited in Chernobyl and Fukushima that threaten people across the planet.  Cost overruns are the norm, and power plants become unreliable after their first dozen years.  There are greener, safer and more cost-effective ways of combating climate change and securing our energy needs.
Thank you again for writing.

Elizabeth May, O.C., M.P.
Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands
Leader of the Green Party of Canada

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