Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Japanese Gov kept Fukushima report secret

Apologies for my absence.
I'm caught up in some home renovation work, that is limiting my time.

So just some quick news stories...
Cabinet kept alarming nuke report secret

Fearful of scaring public, existence of document was denied for months
The government buried a worst-case scenario for the Fukushima nuclear crisis that was drafted last March and kept it under wraps until the end of last year, sources in the administration said Saturday

After the document was shown to a small, select group of senior government officials at the prime minister's office in late March, the administration of then Prime Minister Naoto Kan decided to quietly bury it, the sources said.


That means COVER UP!

"When the document was presented (in March), a discussion ensued about keeping its existence secret," a government source said .In order to deny its existence, the government treated it as a personal document of Japan Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Shunsuke Kondo, who authored it, until the end of December, the sources said. It was only then that it was actually recognized as an official government document, they said."The content was so shocking that we decided to treat it as if it didn't exist,"(COVER UP) a senior government official said.


A private-sector panel investigating the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant intends to examine whether the government tried to manipulate information during its handling of the crisis.
( That must be why this news is coming out now, the private sector panel, no doubt full of nuclear industry types will validate or demonstrate or create the perception that the government did not manipulate information but acted in the best interests of the nation)

The panel plans to interview Kan and Goshi Hosono, minister in charge of the nuclear crisis and Kan's former adviser, among others.Kondo drew up the document at Kan's request and is dated March 25, 2011.


Read the worse case scenario -

The document forecast that in a worst-case scenario the plant's crippled reactors would intermittently release massive quantities of radioactive materials for about a year


Then consider this latest news report nearly one year later
TEPCO notes RISE in Radioactive levels

Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Monday reported an increase in radioactive materials leaking from damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

The total amount of radioactive cesium that leaked from the containment vessels of the No. 1 to No. 3 reactors reached 70 million becquerels per hour, up 12 million becquerels from the December level, the power firm said.


Worst case scenario, anyone?

The projection was based on a scenario in which a hydrogen explosion would tear through the No. 1 reactor's containment vessel, forcing all workers at the plant to evacuate because of the ensuing lethal radiation levels.
The document said that in such an event, residents within a radius of 170 km of the power station, and possibly even further away, would be forced to evacuate. Those living within a radius of between 170 km and 250 km of the plant, including Tokyo, could chose to evacuate voluntarily. The wrecked power station is about 220 km northeast of the capital.



Isn't it interesting that there was an explosion at Fukishima, if I recall correctly possibly two of them? No wait, I looked back at my old posts on this topic. There were three explosions at the Fukushima complex.Yet no expansion in evacuation to the 170 km to 250 km zone?
I guess the Japanese government "didn't want to worry anyone"

Kan admitted in September that a worst-case scenario for the disaster had been drawn up. After parts of it were leaked in December, his successor, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, decided to start treating it as a Cabinet Office document.Because we were told there would be enough time to evacuate residents (even in a worst-case scenario), we refrained from disclosing the document due to fear it would cause unnecessary anxiety (among the public)," Hosono, the nuclear crisis minister, said at a Jan. 6 news conference



Flashback to some old posts on this subject. Including yellow rain and neutron beams
Or - Damaged containment vessels, including # 4, poisons in the ocean, plutonium in the soil.
It does seem as if the 'worst case scenario' the Japanese government conspired to keep hidden was the reality of Fukushima.

Let's remember together


Fukushima I's Reactor No. 1 sustained an explosion in the upper levels of its outer containment structure



These 4 images show the larger, more-fiery hydrogen explosion at Fukushima I's Reactor No. 3 Monday morning. In terms of the impact on plant operations it was thought to be as innocuous as the hydrogen explosion at Reactor No. 1; it was not.

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