The media has picked up on the risks at the Oi nuclear plant in Japan. Our report on the real risks at Oi mentions our concerns with the limited roads into the plant. We also covered the many portions of that single road that are at high risk for tsunami or earthquake damage.
The Associated Press has picked up on the issue and found something more.
“If the Ohi nuclear reactors plunged into a Fukushima-style meltdown, the only route for escaping or for sending help would be a winding, cliff-hugging road often closed by snow in winter or clogged by beachgoers in summer.”
“Still, Japan’s government has chosen to lift its post-Fukushima nuclear freeze and restart two reactors at Ohi, even though construction of an alternative route to the facility is barely on the drawing board and despite the lack of any firm contingency plans for the water source.”
“The Fukui provincial government started land surveys only this month for the multibillion-dollar project to repair the sole route to the Ohi nuclear plant, which sits at the tip of a peninsula, and to add a new alternate evacuation road. Heavy snowfalls and summer beach traffic often clog the existing, 740-meter (810-yard) access road.”
There is also a severe lack of evacuation and disaster planning in the communities around Oi and the country’s other reactor sites. Many are left to their own devices and don’t even have protective iodine supplies.
Many thanks for the great coverage by MARI YAMAGUCHI of the Associated Press, you can follow her on twitter at @MARIYAMAGUCHI
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