Radioactive Bluefin Tuna? So What
One of the big news stories today is about radioactive bluefin tuna found off the coast of California that has been contaminated by the ongoing Fukushima disaster.
But get a load of this:
More than a year has passed since that devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. Nearly 16,000 people were killed as entire towns were swept away. Boats, cars, and homes became islands of debris floating toward the West Coast, and some of it has started washing up on Montague Island in Alaska.
At the mouth of Prince William Sound, there are bottles and barrels, spray cans, fishing gear and worries about toxic chemicals. The Japanese writing on this fuel canister says Danger.
“We can clean this up given the resources, but it’s gonna be a four-, five-, six-year process,” said Chris Pallister, president of Gulf of Alaska Keeper, a group that tries to keep wilderness beaches free of trash.
Pallister said things like building insulation from Japan can be found along the Alaska coast, “and I mean there’s boatload after boatload after boatload of that up and down the shoreline.”
By 2013, it’s estimated as much as 1.5 million tons of wreckage from the tsunami could reach the West Coast from Alaska all the way to California.
I lived in Laguna Beach for about three months when I was in the sixth grade before my parents moved a few miles inland to Orange. Believe you me, if roofs and cars and “boatload after boatload” of radioactive contaminated stuff washes up there, this brouhaha about bluefin tuna will evaporate.
After all, we’re talkin’ OC, home of the 1%-ers, as in Mitt’s lil’ ol beach house.
Trash a blue collar fisherman’s fishing ground in Alaska? No biggie. Trash the 1%-ers beaches? That’s an emergency.
Entry filed under: Corporatocracy.