[ RadSafe ] "mis-information from both TEPCO and the Japanese government immediately after the incident"

Perle, Sandy sperle at mirion.com
Tue Oct 11 21:23:11 CDT 2011

Hello Enrico,

The situation as you describe is as you state, very inconsiderate and is
an insult to the Japanese people. I have many Japanese colleagues who are
in Japan and many of them have categorically stated that the general
public does not have confidence in the information provided by both the
Government agencies responsible for nuclear power oversight and safety
issues as well as the information provided by the utility. These
colleagues are also in the nuclear industry and they too have been
frustrated with the information and/or lack of appropriate actions taken,
especially with the way dose reporting was handled, conflicts with
real-time dosimetry being used in the filed that contradicted continual
reports of what the situation was, how the limits for children in the area
was handled, etc. This was also a situation as reported during and after
the Tokaimura accident. If you recall, there were many resignations due to
the "not so candid" information provided.

Who am I? Four years in State Government Radiological Health, 21 years
nuclear power and 16 years commercial dosimetry. I am also the Chairman
Health Physics Society Standards Committee, Deputy Advisor US Nuclear
Technical Advisory Group, TC 85/SC2, member IEC TC45, voting member ANSI
N13, N42 and N43 Committees, Secretary Council on Ionizing Radiation
Measurements and Standards (CIRMS), Technical Expert NVLAP (US Department
of Commerce, National Institute Standards and Technology (NIST) conducting
on-site assessments of dosimetry processing facilities (including the
majority of in-house nuclear power and US Navy dosimetry processing
facilities) requiring NVLAP accreditation since 1993. I think this
provides a basic answer to your question.



Sander C. Perle
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On 10/11/11 1:25 PM, "radiation" <radiation at noos.fr> wrote:

>When it happened I was then listening to the German television channel
>ZDF. A reporter from a Tokyo hotel was complaining that he would not
>receive regular fresh information from the Japanese on what was going on
>in Fukushima and he stated that it is known that the Japanese regularly
>hide the truth in these affairs.
>No mention of the distress of the population, the tens of thousands of
>death, the tens of thousands of blessed, the desperate situation of the
>survivors who had lost everything from the tsunami, or were searching for
>the lost members of their family and their friends. And of course, the
>journalist was expecting that the Japanese would give priority to inform
>him at short intervals about the situation in Fukushima while he was
>drinking his beer in a Tokyo hotel, and would please provide the
>information in German if possible.
>What an insult to the people of Japan !
>This was a journalist, who are you Sander C. Perle?
>Enrico Sartori
>> 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.
>> Regards,
>> Sandy
>> -----------------------------------
>> Sander C. Perle

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