Fukushima News Roundup; January 6, 2014

Greenpeace made efforts to find out the nature of the companies that built Fukushima Daiichi and now benefit from the disaster.
Meanwhile, companies deeply involved in the design, construction and running of the reactors involved in the triple meltdown are not being held accountable. Shockingly in some cases, they are making more profits out of the disaster recovery. These companies, namely GE, Hitachi, and Toshiba who designed and built reactors at Fukushima Daiichi, have special rights under the Nuclear Damage Liability Law that protect them from product liability should there be a nuclear disaster. Essentially this means they can profit without worrying about the risks of a meltdown, since the public pays the damage should an accident happen.”
They asked the companies for statements about their corporate responsibility when they have been absolved of liability and profit from the disaster. The companies referred them to generic corporate pages about some charitable donations.

92,927 people have signed a petition urging the Shimane governor of the are hosting the Shimane nuclear power plant to shun any restart of the plant.

Tritium findings in a groundwater well near radioactive water storage tanks jumped 10 fold. This was announced January 4th.

TEPCO recently announced they were giving workers a risk pay increase. The reality seems to be that they are giving this additional sum to the top tier contractor but it is in some cases just being kept by the layer of contracting companies and not going to the workers. Ex-SKF has all the details.

Earthquake research shows that a large quake would likely knock out power to about half of Tokyo. Many thermal power plants just like nuclear plants would be forced to shut off for a period of time.

Deep Sea News via Boing Boing debunks a story going around about dead sea life “littering the sea floor” as being Fukushima related. The paper the story has been based on says something totally different.

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