(Hagåtña, Guam) Senator Telena Cruz Nelson met with Tatsuo Sunahara the Principal Deputy Director of International Nuclear Energy Cooperation Division Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department on Friday, February 24, 2017 to discuss the current state of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Senator Nelson expressed her concerns for Guam and the surrounding Pacific Region waters, coastal zones, marine ecosystems, and fisheries that are threatened by the spread of radioactive contamination.
Mr. Sunahara shared the progress related to recovery operations at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station that levels of radioactive material has decreased and decontamination plans are/or has been set in motion with some areas completed. However, recent studies coming from Hawaii, California and along the British Colombia coast-More than 80 percent of the radioactivity from the damaged reactors ended up in the Pacific — far more than reached the ocean from Chernobyl or Three Mile Island.
Despite the distance from and the time passed since the accident, Senator Nelson wants government officials and scientists to monitor the coastal zones on Guam and Micronesia from the impact of this devastating nuclear accident.
“We must begin a proactive approach to ensure the safety of our air, water, soil, and food. We should not take lightly the possible threat in radioactive contamination in our seafood, one of our staple foods for survival and our consumption of it as islanders,” Senator Nelson stated.