Tired of the troubling news from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, an Edmonds man is trying to petition President Obama to do something about the calamity.
“Over 900 days have passed and every day, radioactive water is pouring into the ocean,” said Kenan Kelley, a musician who started the online petition ten days ago.
He has 2,000 signatures, and needs 100,000 on his web plea to get the White House to respond.
“Many people seem to think it’s getting handled,” Kelley said. “It’s not. This is the story of the century.”
The Fukushima facility suffered a triple meltdown in the 2011 Japanese tsunami. Since then, officials have tried to contain the ongoing radioactive disaster with little results. Two weeks ago, the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, indicated 300 tons of highly radioactive water had leaked into the Pacific Ocean.
Monday, Japan’s top nuclear regulator raised safety concerns about the hastily built radioactive water storage tanks after more leaks were found by TEPCO.
“The disaster is truly continuing,” explained Gerry Pollet, a Washington state representative and director of Heart of America Northwest, a nuclear power watchdog.
TEPCO, Pollet said, “not only doesn’t know what it’s doing, but it keeps engaging in cover-ups.”
“People don’t understand that the cost of just stopping Fukushima from being a Chernobyl is going to be tremendous,” Pollet said.
Pollet’s concern is the fish caught near Japan and eventually, in the Pacific Ocean, will be more contaminated with radioactivity and end up in the homes of Americans.
The belief is shared by Kelley, who hopes his petition will force more attention on the issue.
“We the people of earth demand decisive action,” said Kelley, reading his petition, “The United States has an obligation as leader of the free world to begin this now.”