Fukushima : Concern for people’s lives was not a priority – Asahi Shimbun


July 6 2012

Concern for people’s lives seemed to be the last thing on the minds of officials at Tokyo Electric Power Co. or the central government as they scrambled to contain the nuclear disaster in Fukushima Prefecture last year.

This is one of the grim assessments that emerge from the final report issued July 5 by a Diet task force that investigated the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

The Diet’s Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission suggested that health and safety concerns simply were not a priority.

The commission was especially critical of the lack of safety measures taken in the past as well as the initial response to the disaster triggered by the magnitude-9.0 Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011.

It concluded that plant operator TEPCO and the central government showed an utter lack of responsibility in doing everything possible to protect the lives of those most affected.

Delay in implementing measures proved to be costly

The final report pointed to problems that arose after TEPCO and the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) failed to implement safety measures even though they knew the plant was dangerously vulnerable to a major earthquake and tsunami crashing into the coast.

“The accident cannot be said to have been totally unexpected and there is no way that responsibility can be avoided,” the report stated.

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And there is obviously, given the nature and extent of the corrupt relationship between government and electricity suppliers (who like to play doctor), a strong motive for hiding consequences of the massive unsealing of radioactive substances from March 2011. It is not good enough to treat the substances as if they were an external hazard only.,

Many are biologically active and extreme internal hazards.

As for the pat assurances that everyone received the same external dose : there is no way this can be verified.

As for internal doses: depends on where you are, what you do and what dust is around at the time. It also depends upon what you eat. CT scanners dont come in loaves of bread or bottles of milk but the biologically radionucildes do..

One Response to “Fukushima : Concern for people’s lives was not a priority – Asahi Shimbun”

  1. CaptD Says:

    Lots of fancy words that say BOTH TEPCO and the Japanese GOV’T. failed the public’s trust, placing Utility survival ahead of all the residents of Northern Japan…

    I’d like to add that the burning of radioactive debris from Fukushima is yet another FAILURE to protect not only the Japanese people but all the people that depend upon the Pacific Ocean!

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