Asheville Candlelight Vigil In Support of Radiation Victims

On the evening of March 28, about a dozen people gathered in Pritchard Park for a quiet time of support and solidarity — particularly for those in Japan — but also remembering those closer to home from past radiological emergencies, on the anniversary of Three Mile Island.

Photo by Jerry Nelson.


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8 thoughts on “Asheville Candlelight Vigil In Support of Radiation Victims

  1. Anne Craig

    The focus of the vigil was the accidents at the nuclear plants, but expressions of concern for all the victims of the natural disasters were included. It’s really all part of the same picture – the degradation of the natural world is leading to both natural and human caused disasters…the disasters lead to more degradation of the human and natural world and we spiral toward an uninhabitable planet.

  2. A hotdog supper would have been a better tribute.

    Several thousand times more people died in the tsunami than will ever die of radiation poisoning from Fukushima.

    Here is a handy dandy radiation chart that shows just how little radiation was released by Fukushima:

  3. bill smith

    [i]Several thousand times more people died in the tsunami than will ever die of radiation poisoning from Fukushima. [/i]

    What bout those who don’t die, but merely experience severe health problem, as is often the case with nuclear issues?

    [i]Here is a handy dandy radiation chart that shows just how little radiation was released by Fukushima:

    Considering NEPCO’s track record for honesty isn’t exactly reliable (and the Japanese Gov’t has obvious reasons for downplaying the severity), I think we might have to wait before we can pretend we have any real figures to link willy-nilly.

  4. dpewen

    I am for nuclear power! I agree that tsunamis are much more dangerous than nuclear power plants!

  5. Ashevegasjoe

    Amazing! When there’s a shooting tragedy, righties hold a rally for guns. When there’s a nuclear disaster, they rally to support nuclear power. Are you all totally impervious to observation based learning, or is it that to be conservative means to be so anchored in the past that even a tsunami can’t move you? I agree tsunamis are more dangerous than power plants, and volcanoes triggered by meteorites that anger super-powered radiated grizzly bears in f-16’s are WAY more dangerous than tsunamis.

  6. dpewen

    I am not a rightie … just pro-nuclear power.
    Not sure about the rest of your rant!!

  7. Aaron Penland

    Although the tsunami and reactor meltdowns are a tragedy, They are a world away. Yes some radiation is showing up even here in our beautiful mountains of North Carolina. What is done is done instead of fighting about the politics of it all it seems that to many people are trying to draw political lines in the sand. Here is something for everyone on both sides of the Isle to ponder on. Here in South Asheville we are facing our own “Meltdown”. We have an abandoned Electroplating facility that closed shop in 1986. Now 2 1/2 Decades later the highly contaminated chemicals such as TCE, Hexavelant Chromium, Cyanide and Benzine are migrating from the old building up to 3/4 of a mile away and showing up in peoples well water.EPA Region IV has had knowledge of this for years. They made several decisions to try to keep it hid but the cat is out of the bag now due to the hard work of several community members. People have lost their lives and loved ones due to CTS’s irresponsible actions. If you people want to have a voice and use it for good then please look into the CTS Groundwater contamination site on Mills Gap Rd. People are dieing and we have finally got support and backing from State and Federal Representatives. If you really want to join a fight that CAN make a difference then please look into this. We need all of the help we can get. For more info contact me at It’s never to late to fight for something that will help protect our children’s children. Please take the time to invest in our future.

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