Thursday, November 12, 2009

Please Sign the Petition to Stop dangerous MOX Nuclear Power Generation in Japan

I do not support nuclear power generation in general as it creates radiation, which is hazardous for all life on Earth: especially the young, as they are more affected. MOX nuclear power plants are even more dangerous than regular nuclear power plants as they use Plutonium mixed with Uranium 235 as a fuel.

Recently nuclear power has been advertised to be a "Clean Energy" as it doesn't directly 'create' CO2. But it creates a lot of heat that is discarded to the ocean (2/3 of energy created by nuclear power plant are discarded to the ocean).

We must all use less energy (live more simply so that others can simply live!) and support natural and renewable energy sources such as solar, bio-mas, geothermal, small hydro and wind(small scale), and so on.

STOP Plutonium (MOX) Nuclear Power Generation in Japan!

We are collecting endorsements for our petition to stop Japan's first MOX (mixed plutonium uranium oxide) fuel power generation at Japanese commercial nuclear power plants that will start operation on Dec. 2. This first plant is called "Genkai". Please write your name or your group and the country you are working in. The deadline for submission is November 25th.

Over 460,000 signatures have been collected in Japan in order to stop to Genkai's Pluthermal program. Even though we have so many people opposing the plant, the government is still going ahead with its plan.


Cf. "Pluthermal" is a Japanese word, which combines plu of "plutonium" and "thermal" and means MOX (mixed plutonium uranium oxide), the fuel use in this type of thermal reactor.

Click on the link above and follow the instructions to sign the petition.


We strongly demand a stop to Pluthermal (MOX fuel) nuclear generation at Genkai until the following problems are solved:

1. The danger of the Pluthermal Project.
2. There are serious concerns that a large percentage of the MOX fuel being used at Genkai is defective.
3. There are no legal grounds for the government's criteria for MOX fuel assembly inspection.
4. There is no plan to deal with spent MOX fuel.
5. The Pluthermal program is moving forward even though Japan's nuclear fuel cycle has failed.

The petition will be sent to:
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama
Secretary-General of the Democratic Party Mr. Ichiro Ozawa
Minister of State for National Policy Mr. Naoto Kan
Minister of State for Government Revitalization Mr. Yoshito Sengoku
The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Mr. Masayuki Naoshima
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Mr. Tatsuo Kawabata
The Minister of Environment Mr. Sakihito Ozawa
The Governor of Saga prefecture Mr. Yasushi Furukawa
The Mayor of Genkai town Mr. Hideo Kishimoto
Kyushu Electric Power CO. INC., President Mr. Toshio Manabe

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