Urgent Request on UN Intervention to Stabilize the Fukushima Reactor Unit 4
  • Petitioned UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

This petition was delivered to:

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Outreach Associate Union of Concerned Scientists
Chrissy Elles
National Security Advisor
Susan Rice
Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Gregory Jaczko
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Urgent Request on UN Intervention to Stabilize the Fukushima Reactor Unit 4

    1. Gabrielle Price
    2. Petition by

      Gabrielle Price

      Indianapolis, IN

The intention of this petition is for citizens of the world to join with the 72 signatories below, as well as US Senator Wyden in solidarity with their mission to help the people of Japan and the rest of our planet by requesting the urgent action to work together -- before it is too late for humankind. This is a defining moment in human history -- let us live up to our highest purpose now. Pointing fingers wastes time -- let's focus on uniting together for solutions to save our shared futures.

Recently, former diplomats and experts both in Japan and abroad stressed the extremely risky condition of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool and this is being widely reported by world media.

Robert Alvarez, Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), who is one of the best-known experts on spent nuclear fuel, stated that in Unit 4 there is spent nuclear fuel which contains Cesium-137 (Cs-137) that is equivalent to 10 times the amount that was released at the time of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

Thus, if an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain, this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident.
Nearly all of the 10,893 spent fuel assemblies at the Fukushima Daiichi plant sit in pools vulnerable to future earthquakes, with roughly 85 times more long-lived radioactivity than released at Chernobyl.
Nuclear experts from the US and Japan such as Arnie Gundersen, Robert Alvarez, Hiroaki Koide, Masashi Goto, and Mitsuhei Murata, a former Japanese ambassador to Switzerland, and, Akio Matsumura, a former UN diplomat, have continually warned against the high risk of the Fukushima Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool.

US Senator Ron Wyden, after his visit to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on 6 April, 2012, issued a press release on 16 April, pointing out the catastrophic risk of Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4, calling for urgent US government intervention.

Senator Wyden also sent a letter to Ichiro Fujisaki, Japan’s Ambassador to the United States, requesting Japan to accept international assistance to tackle the crisis.

We Japanese civil organizations express our deepest concern that our government does not inform its citizens about the extent of risk of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool. Given the fact that collapse of this pool could potentially lead to catastrophic consequences with worldwide implications, what the Japanese government should be doing as a responsible member of the international community is to avoid any further disaster by mobilizing all the wisdom and the means available in order to stabilize this spent nuclear fuel.

It is clearly evident that Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool is no longer a Japanese issue but an international issue with potentially serious consequences. Therefore, it is imperative for the Japanese government and the international community to work together on this crisis before it becomes too late. We are appealing to the United Nations to help Japan and the planet in order to prevent the irreversible consequences of a catastrophe that could affect generations to come. We herewith make our urgent request to you as follows:

1. The United Nations should organize a Nuclear Security Summit to take up the crucial problem of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool.
2. The United Nations should establish an independent assessment team on Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 and coordinate international assistance in order to stabilize the unit’s spent nuclear fuel and prevent radiological consequences with potentially catastrophic consequences.

30 April 2012
Shut Tomari (Japan)
1-2, 6-4 Higashisapporo, Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo 003-0006 Japan
TEL: +81-90-26951937 FAX:+81-11-826-3796 email: kaori-izumi@ta3.so-net.ne.jp

Green Action (Japan)
Suite 103, 22-75 Tanaka Sekiden-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8203 Japan
Tel: +81-75-701-7223 Fax: +81-75-702-1952 email: info@greenaction-japan.org

Endorsed by:
Hiroaki Koide Kyoto University Nuclear Reactor Research Institute (Japan)
Mitsuhei Murata Former ambassador to Switzerland and to Senegal
Board member, Global System and Ethics Society (Japan)
Akio Matsumura Former United Nations diplomat
Robert Alvarez Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, D.C. (USA)
Masashi Goto Former Nuclear Plant Engineer (Japan)

Signing organizations: 72 Japanese organizations have signed this petition (as of 30 April 2012)
1. Shut Tomari, Hokkaido
2. Green Action, Kyoto
3. Citizen’s Nuclear Information Center, Tokyo
4. Osaka Group against Mihama・Ooi・Takahama Nuclear Power, Osaka
5. Aging Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Group, Tokyo
6. Stop Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant!, Shizuoka
7. Espace des Femmes, Hokkaido
8. “Let’s learn Pluthermal” Shiribeshi Citizen’s Network, Hokkaido
9. Hairo Action Fukushima, Fukushima and Evacuation Areas in Japan
10. STOP MOX! Fukushima, Fukusima
11. Fukushima Moonlight, Fukuoka
12. Yawatahama Women’s Group to Protect Children from Nuclear Power Plant, Ehime
13. Ikata People Against Mox, Ehime
14. We Do Not Want Plutonium! , Tokyo
15. Genkai Nuclear Power Pluthermal Trial Support Group, Fukuoka
16. Genkai Nuclear Power Pluthermal Trial support Group, Fukuona
17. Pluthermal and 100 Years of Saga Prefecture Group, Saga
18. No Nuclear Plants! Yamaguchi Network, Yamaguchi
19. Food Policy Center・Vision21
20. Genpatsu Yamenkai, Fukuoka
21. Japan Environmental Law Lawyers Association (JELF)
22. Nonviolent Direct Action Network (HANET)
23. Anti-Nuclear-Power and Nuclear Fuels Reprocessing Protest Advertising Group, Tokyo
24. Kochi Green Citizen’s Network, Kochi
25. Kaku-no-Gomi Campaign, Chubu, Nagoya, Aichi
26. Aloha from Hawaii
27. Tohoku Asia Information Center, Hiroshima
28. No-Nukes Citizen’s Network, Tokushima
29. No-nukes Net Kushiro, Hokkaido
30. Fukushima Meeting for Environment, Human Rights and Peace, Fukushima
31. FoE (Friends of the Earth Japan), Tokyo
32. Citizen’s Group on Nuclear Waste, Horonobe, Hokkaido
33. Team From Now On, Hokkaido
34. No Nukes! Protect Children from Radioactivity
35. Concerned Citizens for Children’s Human Rights, Ehime
36. Protect the Sea of Sanriku from Radioactivity, Iwate
37. Iwate Organic Farming Study Group, Iwate
38. Dandelion House, Tokyo
39. Decommission All Nuclear Power! Women’s Group for Protection of Kariwa Village, Niigata
40. Sapporo Shoku Machi Network, Hokkaido
41. Citizens Wind for Peace, Tokyo
42. Together with the Earth NPO, Osaka
43. Kawauchi Tsuyukusa Group, Kagoshima
44. Group against Construction of Kawaunchi Nuclear Plant, Kagoshima
45. Hassei Group against Ikata Nuclear Plant, Ehime
46. For Citizen’s Autonomy, Hokkaido
47. No-Nukes Women Group・Hokkaido, Hokkaido
48. Hokkaido Peace Net, Hokkaido
49. Future for Fukushima Children, Hokkaido
50. Good Bye Kashiwazaki Kariwa Nuclear Power Project, Niigata
51. Weaving A Better Future Mothers’ Group
52. Group Aozora MeeMee
53. Mothers and Fathers’No-Nukes Declaration 2011
54. Southern Osaka Network for Protection from Radioactivity, Osaka
55. Kansai Network on Protection of Children from Radioactivity, Kansai
56. Journey To the Future
57. Morinokoya
58. Kaburaya
59. Nishiyashiki
60. Dandelion Fortress, Fukuoka
61. Dohatsuten Wo Tsuku Kai, Fukuoka
62. Global Ethics Association
63. Buppouzan Zenngennji
64. STOP Nuclear Plants BEFORE Huge Quake Strikes!
65. Lee Group to Prevent Earthquake Disaster and Nuclear Accident
66. Rokkasho Village・ Home of Flowers and Herbs, Aomori
67. Anti-TEPCO-Nuclear-Power Consumers Group, Tokyo
68. Miyazu Mitsubati Project, Kyoto
69. Citizen’s Plaza, Minoh , Osaka
70. Monoh Citizen’s Group on Good Bye Nuclear Power, Osaka
71. Campaign Fukuoka against Nuclear and Uranium Weapons, Fukuoka
72. Seeking for Japan-US Security Treaty Termination Notice, Tokyo

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. ATTN: UNION OF 'CONCERNED' SCIENTISTS

      Gabrielle Price
      Petition Organizer

      After this APPALLING oped, we present this video of mothers/residents of Fukushima: http://www.news10.net/news/local/article/195483/2/Fukushima-still-feeds-lawmakers-concerns-for-West-Coast

      It's been OVER a year -- if you think radiation stops at borders, you have no earthly business in science.

      On January 18, 2012, Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) held a hearing to discuss with a committee of experts the results of the "stress test" for judging whether to restart Kansai Electric's Ooi Nuclear Power Plant. The hearing was supposed to be open to public, but at the last minute NISA decided to hold the meeting in a separate room without the audience. The angry audience, who were locked out in a room with a TV monitor, eventually rushed into the meeting room and made a protest.
      In the middle of the confusion, an unidentified woman from Fukushima came out of the audience. This video clip shows part of the protest from the audience and the woman's poignant words.

    3. ACTION ALERT: open letter to Tennessee University sending students to Japan

      Gabrielle Price
      Petition Organizer

      USA +1 (615) 898-2300 or in email Sidney.McPhee@mtsu.edu and parents@mtsu.edu. Tell them what your concerns are about sending kids to Japan.

      I had some help putting together an open letter to copy/paste with links within. Please take a moment to send it or call. They leave MONDAY -- act ASAP!
      http://refreshmentcenter.blogspot.com/2012/06/action-alert-open-letter-to-president.html

    4. A new group on Facebook - use the Force

      Gabrielle Price
      Petition Organizer

      About: We are the Fukushima Rebel Alliance. We are a global consortium of citizens whose first call of duty is to demand action be taken to stop the further deterioration of the Fukushima reactors in Japan.

    5. Join Japanese citizens signing this second petition to the UN - sign many!

      Gabrielle Price
      Petition Organizer

      As citizens of Japan, we call on the UN to send an independent team of international experts to assess the safety of Fukushima Daiichi reactor #4. It has been a year since the nuclear disaster, yet a pool of dangerous radioactive cesium 10 times that of Chernobyl still lays exposed. This massive catastrophe-in-waiting requires immediate attention, but the Japanese government has failed to act. Only an intervention by the international community can ensure the safety of the Japanese people.

    6. TEPCO 'Inadequate Safety Culture' 3/17/11

      Gabrielle Price
      Petition Organizer

      In a document entitled Lessons Learned from the TEPCO Nuclear Power Scandal, released by the company and seen by The Times, TEPCO blamed its “misconduct” in 2002 on its “engineers' overconfidence of their nuclear knowledge”. Their “conservative mentality” had led them to fail to report problems, the company said, resulting in an “inadequate safety culture”. 3/17/11

    7. Reached 1,500 signatures
    8. Fukushima Daiichi: It May Be too Late Unless the Military Steps in

      Gabrielle Price
      Petition Organizer

      Akio Matsumura is a renowned diplomat who has dedicated his life to building bridges between government, business, and spiritual leaders in the cause of world peace. He is the founder and Secretary General of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival with conferences held in Oxford, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, Kyoto, and Konya.

    9. Finally, it appears the world community is listening [Video]

      Gabrielle Price
      Petition Organizer

      As part of a presentation in Kansai, Japan on May 12th 2012, Maggie and Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education answered specific questions asked by symposium organizers regarding the condition of the spent fuel pool at Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4. Fairewinds analyzes the explosion at Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3. Also, Arnie discusses what the future may hold for Japan if it chooses a path without nuclear power.

    10. Revealed: “Refrain from saying things that may weaken Tepco”

      Gabrielle Price
      Petition Organizer

      It has been revealed that Yoshihiko Noda, then-Minister of Finance, worried about the rapid decline of TEPCO’s share price, said “I want you to refrain from saying things that may weaken (TEPCO)” during the meeting of the nuclear disaster response headquarters on the night of March 31, 2011.

    11. Possible uneven settlement of reactor 4

      Gabrielle Price
      Petition Organizer

      Why are we letting TEPCO and its partners in crime do nothing?
      How can we trust these people to do the right thing?
      14 months on, I think you should know the answer by now.
      Dear friends, this is not the problem of Japan only.
      The radiation has spread to all over the world and it is continuing to spread even more daily.
      Your life is in their hands.
      The west needs to get up and make more noises for the sake of our children and children of our future.
      Don't forget what happened to the people affected by the Chernobyl accident.
      UN, IAEA did nothing then -- will they not help this time?

    12. Nothing can be done except to leak radioactive water!

      Gabrielle Price
      Petition Organizer

      Fukushima Daiichi Worker: Nothing can be done except to leak radioactive water! — We refuse to believe that. Not with all the technology available in this age. Sign the petition to demand a global response team of experts to get this CONTAINED! The whole of humanity is in peril.

    13. Reached 1,000 signatures
    14. Close to 600 / update

      Gabrielle Price
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to all who have signed so far -- I wanted to update you and let you know that more big names are going to be added to the list of recipients for this petition tomorrow. I'm sure you will recognize some of them...

      Keep spreading the word -- this isn't over -- we have to push harder than we've ever pushed before.
      When it comes to the potential dangers of this -- we truly are all one. Unite and fight for our planet.

    15. Reached 500 and counting! Thank you!

      Gabrielle Price
      Petition Organizer

      Tokyo, UK, Finland, Germany, Canada, France and the US counted - keep it going - let's make this the petition heard 'round the world!

    16. Something new in the history of medicine is happening at Fukushima

      Gabrielle Price
      Petition Organizer

      Radio: “Something new in the history of medicine is happening at Fukushima” says physician — 30% of children tested had thyroid lumps — “Now that’s really early, that’s within the first year, that’s unheard of” (AUDIO)

    17. Reached 500 signatures
    18. Senator: Fukushima Fuel Pool Is a National Security Issue for AMERICA

      Gabrielle Price
      Petition Organizer

      After visiting Fukushima, Senator Ron Wyden warned that the situation was worse than reported … and urged Japan to accept international help to stabilize dangerous spent fuel pools.

      An international coalition of nuclear scientists and non-profit groups are calling on the U.N. to coordinate a multi-national effort to stabilize the fuel pools. And see this.

      Fuel pool number 4 is, indeed, the top short-term threat facing humanity.

    19. Correction and thanks

      Gabrielle Price
      Petition Organizer

      It has come to my attention that the honorable Senator from Oregon, Ron Wyden -- had his name spelled incorrectly on this petition. After the Japanese translation was done, this petition was hurriedly posted in an effort to follow on the heels of the original letter -- in doing so, Senator Wyden's name was unfortunately misspelled in the rush.

      Thanks to those who made a concerted effort to let me know about this oversight. The correction has been made and I offer my sincere apologies to Senator Wyden.

      Thank you.

    20. Chernobyl Legacy - in pictures

      Gabrielle Price
      Petition Organizer

      Photographer Paul Fusco talks about the children institutionalized by the effects by Chernobyl over his images. Don't look away. Bear witness. Do not forgive. Do not forget. -- Do not repeat history.

    21. Update 2pm EST

      Gabrielle Price
      Petition Organizer

      From Kim, with Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network : Sending out good vibes and major support and props to FFAN members Jim Heddle, MaryBeth Brangan, Diane D'Arrigo and Cindy Folkers who are lobbying in DC right now on the food safety issue. Meeting with Senator Feinstein in a few minutes.

    22. Reached 250 signatures
    23. Report: Concern that subsidence of earth under unit 4 could cause collapse

      Gabrielle Price
      Petition Organizer

      For the moment, though, and for the foreseeable future — unless the international community substantively comes to Japan’s aid [sign the petition!!!] — Tepco couldn’t transfer the irradiated fuel from the damaged reactor units into dry cask storage even if it wanted to because the equipment to do so, such as the crane support infrastructure, was destroyed during the initial disaster.

    24. Experts: NRC letting threat fester at Unit 4

      Gabrielle Price
      Petition Organizer

      Experts: NRC letting threat fester at Unit 4 because acknowledging it would call into question safety at dozens of identically designed nuclear plants in US

      Can you imagine poisoning the whole planet to avoid looking bad?

    25. Fukushima Daiichi Site: Cesium-137 is 85 times greater than Chernobyl

      Gabrielle Price
      Petition Organizer

      The situation grows more concerning every minute we wait -- make your voice heard before the effects of this accident are magnified across the globe.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Elizabeth Owen WARRNAMBOOL, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I'm scared it will be the death of us!!!

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    • Dan Chiles BETHLEHEM, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      We must work together to correct this problem and prevent it to further damage our environment. The future of humanity depends on our ability to work together in resolving Fukushima and our dependency on atomic energy.

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    • Diana Delaney MONTVILLE, ME
      • over 2 years ago

      For the love of life. For Children Smiling and laughing. For Clean Air, Water, And Conscience. For the Earth, for the Life Force and Life Source.

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    • scott cameron NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV
      • over 2 years ago

      Because its the right thing to do!!!

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    • Solange Husser STRASBOURG, DE
      • over 2 years ago

      Le Japon ne peut pas venir à bout, seul, de cette catastrophe et le monde entier est concerné par les conséquences mais aussi par les causes de cet accident. L'autorité des Etats-Unis est indispensable pour mobiliser la communauté des Nations Unies pour tenter de vider la piscine n° 4 avant un nouveau séisme majeur.

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