Antinuclear activist Harvey Wasserman accuses corporate media of Fukushima cover-up
For more than 30 years, author Harvey Wasserman has been one of America's leading critics of the nuclear industry.
Wasserman, the long-time senior editor of the alternative Columbus Free Press, points out that corporate media outlets have said little even as "seaborne radiation is now washing up on American beaches".
"At least three extremely volatile fuel assemblies are stuck high in the air at Unit 4," Wasserman writes for NationofChange. "Three years after the March 11, 2011, disaster, nobody knows exactly where the melted cores from Units 1, 2 and 3 might be."
He takes aim at the facility's owner, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, for "a highly controversial ice wall to be constructed around the crippled reactor site". He notes that nothing like this has ever been built before.
Wasserman's essay points out that a Japanese court recently stymied efforts to restart two newer reactors in Fukui Prefecture.
This should be of interest to those following the B.C. government's attempt to launch a liquefied-natural-gas export industry.
Prior to the Fukushima disaster, nuclear power accounted for about 26 percent of electricity generation in Japan.
All 54 Japanese reactors were shut down after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that caused such havoc in northeastern Japan.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Japan consumed 37 percent of LNG in the world in 2012, with a third of that coming from Southeast Asia.
Japan imports more LNG than any other country.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government hopes to restart nuclear reactors to wean the country off its reliance on imported energy.
But if the courts continue blocking those efforts, it could help keep LNG prices high in Asia.
This is a key factor that energy companies are considering in whether to give a green light to LNG export projects along the B.C. coast.