Two former Prime Ministers and a nuclear industry insider have said that the government’s plan to restart the nuclear plants that will be deemed “safe” is “irresponsible” and that the situation at Fukushima is still far from ideal. This is in response to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe‘s announcement that his administration is looking at two years to get around 30,000 residents back to their homes near the crippled plant and to get several nuclear reactors online.
A senior official from the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the utility operator of the beleaguered Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, says that no one knows how to fix the decontamination problem at the plant. Speaking anonymously, the official thinks that they are making mistakes every week simply because there are too many systems that are problematic, and that all the experienced workers have already reached their radiation limits. This has led to employing staff that have no experience in dealing with decontamination and have not received proper training yet. He admits that they probably don’t have the technology to fix the decontamination, let alone work on the decommissioning of the plant. “I feel it is impossible to fix before my death,” the official said.
Former PM Morihiro Hosokawa said that it is very “irresponsible” for the government to push the restart of the nuclear plants as the cause of the Fukushima meltdown has still not been determined. Another former premier agrees with him. Naoto Kan, who was the country’s PM during the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of 2011, says that they still have not learned lessons from three years ago. He criticizes the current administration for not having developed a national evacuation plan and ignoring the concerns and safety of the general public. “It’s becoming clear they are trying to restart the reactors with no regard for people’s safety,” he emphasized.
[ via ABC ]
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