Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Why Is Japanese Government Being Dumb About Fukushima?
The U.S. EPA has detected elevated levels of radiation in the United States. That is completely unacceptable. Seal the site. Seal it now.
The new rating follows a recent report by Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission estimating the total amount of radiation released by the facility. Since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, damaged reactors and spent fuel pools at Fukushima have released 370,000 terabecquerels of radiation into the environment, the commission reported. That’s 14 times less radioactivity than was released at Chernobyl. A becquerel is the measure of the radioactive decay of one unstable atom; a terabecquerel is a trillion becquerels.
Tepco, owner of the facility, and the Japanese government have been bamboozling the International Atomic Energy Agency into believing that conditions have been better than they actually are at the site. Three massive hydrogen explosions at Daiichi reactor buildings should have been a major clue that the situation at Fukushima was completely out of control. You don't have to be a nuclear physicist to come to this conclusion. Seal the site. Seal it now. The site cannot be salvaged. (Wash Post, 4/13/2011)