Alert: Listen very carefully to the narration of this first video clip. ThisJapanese news anchoris referring to exposed spent nuclear fuel rods, and the steam is rising from the pools where those rods are located in at least 4 locations. The USnews media has now moved on to other stories, but this story IS NOT OVER. The danger for clouds of radioactive steam, mixed with weather precipitation, to float over the USAvia the jet stream, in successive waves, over days to come, is not over. Here is the video clip:
March 24, 2011
Poised for major growth before the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the U.S. nuclear power industry now faces its greatest PR challenge since the partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island plant in Pennsylvania 32 years ago. In an attempt to allay fears of a catastrophe on American soil, power companies have mounted an aggressive PR campaign — running print ads, sending letters to residents and making frequent media appearances, AdAge.comreports.
Entergy Corp., which owns the Indian Point nuclear plant about 40 miles north of New York City, is running newspaper ads declaring that the facility was designed with a margin of safety beyond the strongest earthquake anticipated in the region. The plant sits at the intersection of two active seismic zones, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he wants it shut down.
Anti-nuclear activists are relying on free media appearances and a letter-writing campaign to push for the shutdown of 23 U.S. reactors, which they say are identical in design to those now releasing radiation in Japan. Adam Mendelsohn, a partner with the PR and crisis management firm Mercury, said that the incident in Japan threatens to undo years of effort by the U.S. nuclear power industry to define nuclear energy as a safe alternative to fossil fuel. — Greg Beaubien