I did travel to the U.S. to attend the International Uranium Film Festival in Window Rock, Arizona, capital of the Navajo nation. The Navajo land located between four states, has been highly contaminated by the uranium mining industry for the past 70 years, their cattle, sheeps, and their life deeply affected. Death omnipresent in every family, unaccounted number of deaths, the Navjo lives not a high priority to a discriminating U.S. Federal Government.
By Marley Shebala, Dec 3, 2018
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Japanese cattle farmers may live more than 5,680 miles from the Navajo Nation, but they are connected to the DinÃ© people by their fierce love for their livestock.
In the film, “Nuclear Cat tle,” a middle-age Japanese couple recall with a flood of tears the day that they were forced to drive past their cattle and flee for their lives from their cattle farm and home that they built because of the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
The husband, who was speaking Japanese, said, “When we were leaving, I couldn’t stop crying. I told them (the cows) I was sorry.”
On March 11, 2011, a major earthquake and tsunami caused Japan’s worst nuclear accident, which involved the disabling of the power supply and cooling of three-Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors that melted three nuclear cores in the first three days, forced the evacuation of about 160,000 people, and the death of about 19,000 residents living along the northeast coast of Japan.
“Nuclear Cattle,” focused on how the deadly aftermath of the disaster impacted cattle, including those owned by the Japanese couple and other Japanese farmers.
There are massive numbers of carcasses of cows that were left tied to stalls in barns. The few cows that are still alive are emaciated and lying on the ground slowly dying. But then the film shows herds of cattle wandering around evacuated residential areas and towns.
The Japanese couple, who have returned to their cattle farm, which is still contaminated by radiation, look at their surviving cattle and remember the day the Japanese government ordered all the cattle farmers to kill their cows that survived. The husband says, “I feel alive when I come home.”
The wife of another Japanese couple that has also returned to their contaminated farm and home to save their cattle, says her husband told her he would not mind if he dies at home with his cattle.
A worker on another cattle farm, which became a haven for surviving cows and is called Farm of Hope, says he returned to his work station without the owners because he could not allow the cows that survived the disaster to die from starvation and dehydration.
He also says that even through the Japanese government tells the farmers that their cows are financially worthless, he Dana Eldridge attends the International Uranium Film Festival at the Navajo Nation Muse um in Window Rock, Arizona, Thursday. Alma E. Hernandez/Independent
Courtois said the nuclear plants generate revenues for the government, which has also pushed the government to hire a public relations firm to spin lies after lies to their people about the safety of nuclear energy.
He said the government reported to their people that the cattle farmers and other residential areas were being successfully decontaminated by scraping off the surface of the land, bagging the earth and depositing at one of extremely dangerous contaminated cattle farms, which is surrounded by lush green forests and within view of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants operated by Tokyo Electric Power Company.
But, Courtois said, the government and T.E.P.Co. withhold information about how the radiation has seeped lower into the earth and how they cannot scrape the top soil from the forest areas, which means that when it rains, the runoff re-contaminates the surface.
“Nuclear Cattle” was one of several films shown for free at the Navajo Nation Museum as part of the 2018 International Uranium Film Festival, which started Thursday and ends Saturday night. But if you missed the film festival at the museum, you have a chance to attend the one-day festival at the Native American Cultural Center at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, Sunday.
The festival will also travel to Grants, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Tucson, Arizona.
Dun, I am glad you got to see the Breathtaking Beauty of Navajoland!
You are from a Neclear Country, so you know.
You know about Japan . You know about the anxiety and problems our relatives and friends are facing.
Thank you for this blog!
I am from Navajo land
Thanks for your blog
I hope that the next time that I will come to the US, we will maybe be able to meet.
I am from Navajoland. I have a hard time getting Anglos there to understand or talk about Fukushima or Nuclear or uranium. Energy fuels just imported 100,000 tons of high and medium level nuclear waste from Oklahoma. Energy fuels is the only Uranium plant around now. It is right on the border of the Navajo Nation and White Mountain Ute nation, in Navajo land by Blanding Utah!
My friend is rich from tourism. His wife has uterine cancer at a young age. My other friend is a rich engineer has pancreatic cancer at age 58 that is from there! People with money from the uranium booms died prematurely from cancers some of their children born with major health problems or deformed.
What good does money do in the face of this madness!
Even when they read things like this the dumn Anglos in Utah and Nevada and New Mexico are in denial of the dreadful consequences , the stupidity and madness of uranium and nuclear
I have seen so much of that there! 3 generations of families wiped out from lung cancer, brain cancers, pancreatic cancers.
There were the 1000 nuclear bombs, our own government detonated on us not did far away in south Nevada. The RADIONUCLIDE shit went all over us!
The nuclear bombs they detonated under the Colorado river , by Adobe in the Colorado headwaters in 1970.
All the mines and Uranium refinements plants and waste piles along the Colorado river for hundreds of miles. The colorado the major river in the west! It formed the Grand Canyon.
The church rock catastrophe!
Project Gasbuggy underground nuclear explosions in newmexico, that futher contaminated all of our water and the Colorado. The shit from Los Alamos where they continue to make all the nuclear bombs that goes into az and Navajoland.
Never ends in America. The lies. The bombs the nuclear madness.
The lady who runs Uranium Watch had to move because of the tourism and the stupidity.
I would encourage all to visit this website in Navajo land and support it.
KCWCD NEW WATER RIGHTS AGREEMENT WITH
BLUE CASTLE HOLDINGS
The Kane County Water Conservancy District (KCWCD) has held 2 closed executive sessions to discuss a new water agreement with Blue Castle Holdings Inc. (BCH).
In 2007, KCWCD leased 29,600 acre-feet of water to BCH (in the name of their predecessor). BCH is the promoter of the Blue Castle Project nuclear reactor near Green River, Utah. In September 2016 BCH was supposed to start annual payments of $100,000 for the lease of the KCWCD water from the Green River. BCH has not made any payments. The annual payments, late fees, and interest to KCWCD now add up to $400,500, with an additional $320,400 owed to the San Juan Water Conservancy District.
The agendas for the December 2018 and January 2019 KCWCD Board meetings state the Board would discuss a new water agreement with BCH in closed executive sessions. If a new lease is agreed upon, to replace the defaulted lease, the agreement will be made publicly available.
BCH last wrote to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 2011, indicating they would submit an Early Site Permit Application (ESPA) in late 2012. Since then, BCH has not written the NRC. Clearly, the BCP is not moving forward, and BCH does not have the funds to pay the Districts as required by the agreements. In 2017 the State Engineer extended the time to show proof of beneficial use of the water rights for an additional 10 years, beyond the original 50 years).
APPLICATION FOR SAGE MINE
The Sage Mine is a small uranium mine in Summit Canyon in SE San Juan County, Utah, near the Colorado boarder. The mine, on land administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), last operated in 1990, but without BLM authorization. On December 31, 2018, Piñon Ridge Mining LLC, Corp., a subsidiary of Western Vanadium and Uranium Corp. (WVUC), submitted a Notice For Exploration Activities to the BLM Monticello Office. At this time the Monticello and other BLM offices are closed due to the government shutdown.
WVUC is promoting the mining for vanadium and shipping vanadium ore or vanadium concentrate out of the US for processing. George Glasier, the mining speculator who heads WVUC, is talking publicly about building a vanadium mill near the Sage Mine and producing vanadium at the Sage and the Sunday Mine Complex in Colorado. None of these plans appear to be feasible.
Thank you Kitty for all this added valuable information.