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Months Later . . . Concerns About Effects Remain

It’s been almost five months since the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan, but the phones still ring and letters and e-mails still arrive at the NRC. Although the level of worry has declined, concerns remain.

Some members of the public are still concerned about possible effects from Fukushima on the American people. One member of the public, for example, “perceives” radiation fallout where he lives in Oregon. Another refuses to purchase any import from Japan for fear of contamination and will eat no fish caught on the west coast. Some people believe the lessening media coverage of Fukushima means the public is purposefully being kept in the dark.

Other members of the public still offer creative ways to fix the leakage and contamination problems at Fukushima.

Of course, there are those concerned  the Fukushima accident could happen at U.S plants. Concerns include the age of our nuclear plants, proximity of some plants to geological fault lines, and the ability to evacuate all the people if there were an accident.

The Office of Public Affairs helps those with radiation fears understand that no unsafe levels of radiation reached the U.S. and explains to those with creative solutions that the NRC is not a channel for possible “fixes” to the crippled plants in Japan.

Importantly, we also provide information about nuclear plants in the U.S., how the NRC regulates them to maintain safety and how the NRC is looking at “lessons learned” from the accident.

We will continue to respond quickly to public inquiries, which can be directed to OPA.Resource@nrc.gov .

Elizabeth Stuckle
Public Affairs Officer

5 responses to “Months Later . . . Concerns About Effects Remain

  1. Thomas Hack August 26, 2011 at 6:50 am

    The damage was much worse than they originally thought, I believe the PM just announced that he is stepping down due to “his government’s perceived insufficient response”. A sad situation.

  2. Jane Swanson, Mothers for Peace August 6, 2011 at 2:27 am

    The Moderator comment of Aug. 5 is an insult to the readers. The problem is not that the public is worried. The problem is that the planet is contaminated; there is no way to “recall” the radioactive elements that CONTINUE to spew out of some of the Japanese plants. Since neither the NRC, the EPA, or the DOE is forthcoming about radiation readings following 3/11 in Japan, California, Idaho or anywhere else, the public is correct to be skeptical of claims that “no unsafe levels of radiation reached the U.S.”. Furthermore, the NRC’s definition of “unsafe” does not match that of the medical community.

    The NRC is NOT applying lessons learned from the Task Force it appointed to study this disaster. 12 sensible recommendations for U.S.plants were made by the Task Force that the NRC appointed to study the Fukushima disaster, but the NRC shows every sign of stalling and NO signs of implementing any of the recommendations.

  3. Thomas Saporito August 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Over time, the entire country of Japan will be evacuated because of the spread of radioactive contamination in the food chain and in the water table. Japan will ultimately become the nuclear waste depository for the entire world! Americans depend on the U.S.NRC to protect them – let’s hope the recent Associated Press investigative report about the NRC’s complacency was received by the agency as a needed WAKE-UP call?

    Thomas Saporito, Senior Consultant

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