“The Little Black Bird”  Acrylic  24″ x 24″ 
by Mary Lou Dauray
This
is the fourth blog in my series of artwork about nuclear energy.  My painting depicts only one of 30 million plastic
storage bags stuffed with radioactive waste in the Fukushima area in Japan.  These bags are part of a seemingly futile
effort to clean up contaminated soil in the area. According to Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education Organization and who has more than 40 years of
nuclear power engineering experience these filled millions of plastic bags are
spread all around the area—in parking lots, in people’s back yards and in rice
paddies, among many other places.  Each
bag holds 1 ton of radioactive waste.  He
notes that despite these massive efforts remove the radioactive soil, every time it
rains or snows contamination reappears.  Ultimately, the cost to Japan for the entire
radioactive clean up (if that is even possible) will reach one half a trillion
dollars. 
In
the corner of my painting you can see a little black bird.  It refers to what appears to be a diminishment
of the bird population as a direct result of the triple nuclear power plant
meltdown. There is now a dead zone in area. The disaster has had huge impacts
as there are dramatically fewer species, according to Dr. Timothy Mousseau,
Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina.
In
doing research for my artwork about nuclear energy, it is clear that there is
no solution for the disposal of tons of waste from shuttered as well as existing nuclear
power plants.  To pretend otherwise is
appalling. I am shocked about the leaking of radioactivity into
groundwater.  I strongly oppose the
construction of any new nuclear power plants and the closing of all existing
plants.
If
you want further information please check out:
My
website:  www.maryloudauray.com

Mother Earth is a source of life, not a resource“.  
Spoken by Sioux Chief Argol Lookinghorse