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Anti-Nuclear Groups Commemorate Fukushima Disaster

Groups gather in front of Indian Point to remember victims and protest against nuclear power.

Several hundred anti-nuclear protesters from many different groups gathered in front of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan to commemorate the 1 year anniversary of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan caused by an earthquake and resulting tsunami.

The group gathered in a parking area across from the plant's main entrance to voice their opposition to nuclear power as an energy source, while pausing to remember those who lost their lives one year ago today with a moment of silence, speeches, and dramatic plays.

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One year ago on March 11, an earthquake and tsunami the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini nuclear power plants in northeast Japan and caused a nuclear meltdown and release of radiation. The disaster displaced hundreds thousands and the immediate area surrounding Fukushima remains a ghost town today. As the world reflects on the catastrophic events and the people affected by them this month, we will be bring you updates about Entergy's  nuclear power plant in Buchanan, New York and its opponents. Here is one article in a series.

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Remy Chevalier March 13, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Plutonium-238 has a half-life of 87.74 years. Plutonium-239 a half-life of 24,100 years. Plutonium-244 a half-life of about 80 million years and is the only form of Plutonium with trace quantities found in nature.
Francis T McVetty March 13, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Remy This was copied and pasted directly from your post.[ Plutonium doesn't exist in nature. Life didn't surface on the Earth until all the plutonium that once existed subsided.] No where does it state state NOW. By the way Plutonium is on the periodic table. symbol Pu and atomic number 94. So where did it go if it was gone? Looks like it has always been around.
half a brain March 13, 2012 at 10:42 PM
i often wonder how the United States became populated by such dimwitted asses! Nuclear Power exists only thanks to taxpayer subsidies. It is being fazed out the world over. Our aging and decrepit nuclear fleet of 104 reactors is considered by the International Atomic Energy Association to be of serious concern for its constant problems and continuous and constantly growing list of safety violations. Wind and Solar technologies are improving by leaps and bounds and could provide the basis for a jobs program employing 100s of thousands of people to build a safe and green energy grid. Nuclear Energy is NOT WORTH THE RISK!!
Remy Chevalier March 13, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Francis, everything after 99 on the periodic table doesn't exist in nature, and can only be produced through a nuclear reaction: Einsteinium, Fermium, Mendelevium, etc... they can only be synthesized.
Rev. Eileen March 13, 2012 at 10:56 PM
So true. Our embrittled reactors, cracked, leaking tritium are still operating past their 40 year lifespans, at great danger to us us, for the purpose of boiling water. It's the steam which turns the turbines and generates the electricity.

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