Of course the nuclear industry is there to lend a helping hand when their equipment goes horribly wrong.. but it will cost dearly.
On March 19th while workers in Japan were still trying to regain control of the reactors at Fukushima, US nuclear mega-corp Bechtel was busy trying to make a healthy profit.
USAID was attempting to coordinate the delivery of an emergency pumping system from Australia to Japan. At the last minute Bechtel jacked the price by an ADDITIONAL $8,850,000.00 USD. USAID did not have that much money and asked the NRC to assist in figuring out the problem.
The 4 train seawater system was supposed to cost $750,000 USD, Bechtel increased the price to $9,600,000. Adding to the irony, the NRC was at the same time talking about how the US nuclear industry was taking the reigns on helping Japan deal with the out of control reactors. The NRC also repeatedly deferred to the nuclear industry lobbying group NEI for information and strategy, relying many times more on information from them than from government resources.
One segment of the pumping system was eventually delivered and the Department of Defense was asked to help cover the ransom Bechtel was demanding for he complete emergency equipment.
When government officials talk of public-private sector partnerships this may be what we are actually getting.
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