Workers at the Tokai nuclear reactor accidentally released 64 tons of radioactive water from the RPV while doing maintenance work.
“workers erroneously loosened a screw located at the bottom part of the pressure vessel, resulting in the leakage of water. Water splashed onto four workers, but they were not exposed to radiation. ”
So far nobody in the media has called JAPCO on this rather impossible statement. If workers were splashed with reactor water they were likely exposed at least externally to a detectable level of radiation. Most protective suits are not water resistant and being splashed by 64 TONS of radioactive water would likely result in at the very least some minor skin contamination. As was seen multiple times at Fukushima, being splashed or soaked with radioactive water usually results in some level of skin contamination at a minimum.
US NRC chairman Jaczko made the erroneous comment that “no one has died as a result of exposure to radiation from Japan’s Fukushima Daiiche nuclear power plant“. This is an old half truth frequently used by nuclear industry lobbyists to falsely claim the safety of nuclear power. The lie resides in the issue that nuclear exposure death rates have a long latency unless it is an extremely high exposure in a short period of time. To claim that no one has died and therefore the accident is not as bad or somehow less of a public threat is simply dishonest and a big distortion of the reality. Leukemia has a latency of about five years and other cancers can have latencies of twenty years or more. Even the NRC admits to the latency of most radiation exposure.
There have also been 3 very questionable deaths among workers at the plant. One mysteriously became ill and died the next day of an undisclosed cause, TEPCO claims he had a low radiation exposure. There have been many accounts of workers having their radiation readings falsified or having radiation monitors that error out when they encounter an area of very high radiation. Those errors would cause the dosimeter to not record the workers actual total exposure. Another worker fell ill at work and died of acute leukemia about a week later. Again TEPCO claimed it had nothing to do with radiation exposure. Acute leukemia is an outcome of acute radiation exposure and is otherwise an extremely rare situation to make someone ill and kill them in a week. The other worker was said to have had heat stroke and then a heart attack at the plant and it took hours to get the man medical attention. There has been no investigation into his death other than TEPCO’s claim that he didn’t have high exposure levels.
The Japan Bar Association and some government agencies have begun to raise questions about these suspicious deaths at the plant. For Jaczko to side with TEPCO’s possible criminal misconduct and declare the accident to be “death free” is dishonest and raises more questions about his objectivity and dedication to the public safety in the US.
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