[ RadSafe ] "mis-information from both TEPCO and the Japanese government immediately after the incident"
sperle at mirion.com
Mon Oct 10 16:20:26 CDT 2011
There was significant mis-information, constant changing the data being provided and even the utility and the government acknowledged that there was mis-information. I am not judging whether or not there was a deliberate attempt or not to mis-inform, just that there was a lot of bad data that contradicted the data that was being observed with knowledgeable individuals with survey instrumentation and dosimeters. Some modification to data is understandable after an incident of such magnitude, with the earthquake and then the reactors. Some of the mis-information was due to poor reporting by the media, some who obviously had their own agenda being anti-nuclear. But I would not say that the utility and government were always honest with the data they portrayed.
Sander C. Perle
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From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu [mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Jaro Franta
Sent: Monday, October 10, 2011 2:10 PM
To: radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] "mis-information from both TEPCO and the Japanese government immediately after the incident"
Sandy & group,
I'm a bit puzzled by the comment about "mis-information from both TEPCO and the Japanese government immediately after the incident".
I and my CNS colleagues (Canadian Nuclear Society) followed the development of the Fukushima tsunami event since the earliest days, and my impression is that NO OTHER nuclear incident has ever had better public information by the authorities -- especially given the fact that tens of thousands of lives were lost in the disaster in neighbouring coastal areas !
I suppose its possible that if you were occupied with other things (ex.
long-distance travel) at the time, information may have been hard to come by ?
What bugs me - to this day - is how little (i.e. "none") media attention is given to the much wider problem of CHEMICAL contamination that resulted from the tsunami disaster:
....can we expect the health effects of that mess to be blamed on radiation from Fukushima ?
Mon, 10 Oct 2011 14:07:28 -0400, Perle, Sandy <sperle at mirion.com> wrote:
> The problem is that the mis-information from both TEPCO and the
> Japanese government immediately after the incident, continuing on
> during the incident and even after the incident is what causes the
> public alarm and gives a forum to others. Listening to the YouTube
> there is a lot of truth as to what is being stated. The public was
> misled, mis-information, deliberate or otherwise was the norm, so to
> question Chris regarding just his comments on Fukushima, is not as
> pertinent as one could say about other topics discussed here on
> Radsafe. Fukushima was a disaster with serious consequences and I am
> not confident that we have all of the facts as to what happened, what
> the current state is and how stable the reactors are, even today.
> Sander C. Perle
> Mirion Technologies
> Dosimetry Services Division
> 2652 McGaw Avenue
> Irvine, CA 92614
> +1 (949) 296-2306 (Office)
> +1 (949) 296-1130 (Fax)
> Mirion Technologies: http://www.mirion.com/ "Protecting people,
> property and the environment"
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