NJ Peace Action

Op Ed Piece

Op Ed Piece
Fukushima. Hiroshima. Nagasaki. When Will It Stop?

By Madelyn Hoffman, Executive Director, New Jersey Peace Action


When we see or hear these words, anxiety becomes palpable. We remember back to March 11, 2011 and the reports of a radiation leak from the nuclear power plant following a tremendous earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Each day, the tension built as we listened to stories about how the plant's workers tried to limit the amount of radiation that escaped. Each day, there were conflicting stories about the dangerous consequences of the leaks, the effects of the radiation on the workers, on the ocean lapping alongside the plant, on locally grown foods and produce and on residents of the surrounding communities. The area of mandatory evacuation started out small and then grew almost daily. I wondered:   Is there really any safe distance?


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