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Fukushima One Year Later: Don’t Let It Happen Here

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A year ago on March 11, an earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, leading to the evacuation of 160,000 people, a 12-mile exclusion zone around the crippled plant, and an ongoing crisis. A disaster of the same scale here, at Indian Point nuclear power plant, which sits just 35 miles from Midtown Manhattan, could cause the evacuation of as many 20 million people and hobble the nation’s largest city.

Don’t let it happen here. Even absent a catastrophe, Indian Point is a source of radioactive leaks and the killer of more than 1 billion fish and other river creatures every year. With Nuclear Regulatory Hearings on Indian Point’s future on the horizon this summer, we have the best opportunity in a generation to close a plant that is dangerously past its expiration date. We have better options, readily available, to provide low-cost electricity that is cleaner and infinitely safer.

Commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima tragedy and show your support for closing Indian Point on Sunday, March 11 with a series of events organized by Riverkeeper and its partners:

1 p.m. Press conference and demonstration by the No More Fukushimas Peace Walkers. Meet at the ShopRite parking lot on South Riverside Drive in Croton, N.Y.
3:30 p.m. Rally, with a performance with 10-foot puppets on stilts by Redwing Blackbird Theater; and speeches by Katajima San, who worked at Fukushima Daiichi; Phillip Musegaas, Riverkeeper’s Hudson River Program director and several others. Meet at the Indian Point gates, at the intersection of Bleakley and Broadway in Buchanan, N.Y.
4 p.m. Vigil in the Japanese Buddhist tradition, with prayer drums and changing.
5 p.m. Potluck dinner at the Old School House, 210 Sixth Street, Verplanck, N.Y.
6 p.m. Concert, featuring Dar Williams, Dan Einbender and the Rivertown Kids, James Durst, Hope Machine, Lydia Adams Davis, Sarah Underhill, Roland Moussa, Taeko Fukao, The Raging Grannies and others.
For more information, call Riverkeeper at 914-941-2505 or visit www.shutdownindianpointnow.org.
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