The Crabshell Alliance has been following the nuclear disaster in Japan since March 11, 2011. One year later, and the people of Japan and elsewhere in the world have observed that the tragedy continues.

Radiation knows no boundaries. So besides a feeling of empathy for those in Japan, members of the Crabshell Alliance remain quite concerned with the situation in the United States.

“For nearly 40 years, top U.S. safety officials at the Atomic Energy Commission and later the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have warned about the safety shortcomings of the GE Mark I design,” said Michael Mariotte, executive director of Nuclear Information Research Service. “A 1972 recommendation that the U.S. stop licensing the design was accepted on technical grounds but denied by the AEC’s top safety official, Joseph Hendrie, because it ‘could very well be the end of nuclear power.’ In 1986 Harold Denton, then the top safety official at the NRC, warned that Mark I containments have a 90% probability of failing under accident conditions.”

Despite these warnings, the NRC has not only allowed these reactors to continue operating, 21 of the 23 already have received license renewals to operate an additional 20 years, including the highly controversial Vermont Yankee reactor yesterday. There was no examination of the fundamental design flaws during the renewal application process for any of these 21 reactors, as the issue is considered generic and only site-specific issues are allowed to be heard in the license renewal process.

Thus on Sunday, March 10, 2013, the Crabshell Alliance will commemorate the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station at Pratt and Light Streets in McKeldin Square at 1:00 PM.

WHERE: McKeldin Square (Pratt and Light St) in Downtown Baltimore, MD
WHEN: 1:00 PM
WHAT: Commemorate Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and to raise awareness of the dangers of Nuclear Power and Radioactive Waste.