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Friday, July 8, 2011

Peers to Tokyo Electric: Stop hiding the truth

The company running the Fukushima meltdown disaster in Japan have been getting away with murder in how little information they have revealed to the public about what actually has occurred and is occurring. Today even its colleagues in the Japanese nuclear power industry gave the company, Tokyo Electric (a.k.a Tepco), quite an earful:

The society notes that there is the possibility that the damage to people's health from radiation exposure has increased because the government, Tepco and other related institutions did not properly disclose information on the status of the nuclear accidents and the environmental contamination by radioactive substances....

The cases clearly show that the information disclosure process is flawed. (The society also gave other examples.) The society notes that such vital information as the temperature of the lower section of the pressure vessels, the volume and temperature of the coolant water in the lower part of the pressure vessels, and the temperature of the molten nuclear fuel have yet to be released.

What the government over there is waiting for before nationalizing Tepco is anyone's guess. But the rest of the world ought to condition all assistance to Japan on a thorough cleanup of the firm's disgraceful misinformation act.

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Based on their history of non-response to negative PR in the whaling arena. I doubt similar pressure to be accurate about the realities from their meltdown will influence them in the least. unfortunately. http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/oceans/whaling/ending-japanese-whaling/

"A strong earthquake jolted northeastern Japan on Sunday, and workers at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant were evacuated after an alert for a half-meter tsunami was issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The quake monitoring agency said the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.0 and occurred at a depth of 10 km (6 miles) off the northeastern coast."

"Tokyo Electric said it would be monitoring a massive barge moored just offshore from the Fukushima nuclear power plant that has been used as a temporary storage depot for radiated water for any damage."

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