Japan Was Unprepared For Nuclear Disaster––Is the U.S.?

posted by admin @ 13:08 PM
March 8, 2012

 A report coming out on the one-year anniversary of Japan’s nuclear disaster makes the astounding claim that Japan was completely unprepared for the earthquake and tsunami that debilitated its energy system and the nation.

How is this possible?  How can such an economically developed nation, handling the most dangerous source of power on earth, not be ready for natural disaster––especially when it is in a geographical area prone to earthquakes?

Findings of an independent investigative panel, initiated by The Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, and published this month in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, reveal that the Japanese government, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), and important related agencies––were all asleep at the switch!

According to Machines Like Us.com, and Sage Journals, in http://online.sagepub.com/, the investigation even reveals that “the tsunami could and should have been anticipated.”  But everyone officially ignored these possibilities.

Knowing that historically the same high water marks had been reached near the Fukushima plant, Tepco dismissed the probabilities as “academic.”  While those histories should have been part of final decision-making, the government had not made full disclosure mandatory.  So scientists aware of history were silenced.

Moreover, the plants should never have been built so close together, and the emergency cooling systems had never been tested.  When plant workers turned to operation manuals to find out how to cope with simultaneous melt-downs––nothing was in the book.  And these are just a few of Tepco’s crucial failures!

Of course, the Japanese government had many agencies–– the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), and the Nuclear Safety Commission (NSC)––that responded too slowly to these meltdowns.  And it had another “fool-proof” back-up agency to insure population protection–– System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information (SPEEDI)––but no one used it.

Sadly, the report concludes:  “It’s clear from our investigation of the Fukushima Daiichi accident that even in the technologically advanced country of Japan, the government and the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, were astonishingly unprepared, at almost all levels, for the complex nuclear disaster that started with an earthquake and a tsunami.  And this grave oversight will affect the Japanese people for decades.”

During this election season in the United States, when politicians mention the need for more nuclear energy, the American people must ask about this country’s preparedness for nuclear catastrophe.  In wholesale Christian Bibles, Ezekiel counsels:  “Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them (38: 7). God holds America’s leaders responsible for this nation’s nuclear safety!

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