Hello Everyone, this is a Message from Mari Inoue & Sally Jones
Mari and I are reaching out to New York and New Jersey organizations that endorsed the Roses to Missions project. That project thanked the state parties for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This email is inviting your organization, WESPAC Foundation, Inc., to endorse the Don’t Nuke the Pacific Don’t Nuke the Hudson River Rally and March on Saturday, April 8, 2023, at 1 PM in front of the NY Public Library (41st Street & Fifth Ave in Manhattan with a short march to the Japanese Consulate at 299 Park Avenue and 48th Street in Manhattan.
On April 13, 2021, the Japanese government announced that it will start discharging more than 1.3 million metric tons (350 million gallons) of radioactive “treated” wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi into the Pacific starting in the spring of 2023. The dumping will continue for three decades or more. The “treated” water contains radioactive isotopes due to some being used to cool the highly radioactive melted cores of nuclear reactors. Tritium and carbon-14 cannot be filtered out at all. Three independent human rights experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council expressed deep regret at Japan’s decision. Fukushima residents, fisheries associations, most of Fukushima’s districts, and many anti-nuclear groups in and outside Japan expressed their opposition to the plan. Henry Puna, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, calls for the Japanese government to hold off on any such release.
Holtec, the owner of Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, which is 24 miles north of New York City, recently announced its plans to dump 1 million gallons (3780 metric tons) of radioactive spent fuel pool wastewater into the Hudson River in August or September. They might release it earlier than it is planned.
These dumping practices will become a bad precedent, and other nuclear power plants in and outside the US might follow the practice.
The dumping of this radioactive wastewater would cause irreparable damage to our planet and will affect everything from the smallest creatures in the water to our human living conditions and everyday lives.
We welcome you and your group to join us at the rally. Please save the date, and feel free to reach out to us should you have any questions.
Mari Inoue, Manhattan Project for a Nuclear-Free World, [email protected]
Sally Jones, Peace Action New York State, [email protected]