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Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Fukushima: measures rushed and incomplete, and crucially needed actions to protect people still not in place

Blogpost by Justin McKeating - July 19, 2011 at 13:44 The Japanese minister Goshi Hosono announced today that Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and the government have successfully completed phase 1 of the plan to bring the Fukushima nuclear crisis under control. Unfortunately, it seems we are witnessing another wishy-washy spin, while the urgently needed actions to protect citizens are not happening..

The Fukushima nuclear crisis is not under control. TEPCO and the government have failed to meet several of its own objectives by rushing to meet deadlines and give the impression of normality instead of accepting that this nuclear crisis will take decades to resolve. For example, see the ongoing problems with stabilising the reactors at Fukushima, continued leaks of contaminated water and failures of its clean up system. Even worse is the delivery against another objective - proper radiation measurement and transparency - where the action so far is completely inadequate, as we can most recently see at the contaminated cattle scandal.

Similarly, official measurement data suggests some leakages of contaminated water into both the ocean and ground that have been unreported by TEPCO, and thus the problem is larger than previously thought. Thus underlines the key problem, which is that while some isolated data are being published from some radiation monitoring posts, the public does not have a full picture at all about the levels of contamination of land and ocean, what are its risks and implications, and how people can reduce exposure....
 
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