Skip to comments.TEPCO subcontractor used lead to fake dosimeter readings at Fukushima plant
Posted on 07/22/2012 12:32:55 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
TEPCO subcontractor used lead to fake dosimeter readings at Fukushima plant
Workers at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant were ordered to cover their dosimeters with lead plates to keep radiation doses low enough to continue working under dangerous conditions, the Asahi Shimbun has learned.
Some refused the orders. Others raised questions about their safety and the legality of the practice. But the man in charge, a senior official of a subcontractor of Tokyo Electric Power Co., warned them that they would lose their jobs--and any chance of employment at other nuclear plants--if they failed to comply.
The pocket-sized dosimeters sound an alarm when they detect high radiation levels. A worker who has been exposed to an accumulated dose of 50 millisieverts within a year must stop working and stay away from the area for a certain period of time.
The 54-year-old senior official at Build-Up, a midsize construction company based in Fukushima Prefecture, worked out a system to ensure the dosimeters would not reach the limit, according to the workers. It included having the workers themselves build the lead cover that would prevent the radiation from reaching the dosimeters.
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I would have guessed that a country like Japan, that relies so much on nuclear power, would really be pros at handling a nuclear emergency and clean-up.
Hmmm... construction company. It smells. Many construction companies in Japan are owned by mobs, Yakuza.
It seems that Japan is dying a ‘hapless death.’ First their economy(lost two decades) and now this.
We have to keep in context that some 25,000 were killed by tsunami and noone yet is killed by radiation.
Do we know that? Just because we have not read it doesn’t mean there have been no radiation linked deaths.
We have to keep in context that some 25,000 were killed by tsunami and noone yet is killed by radiation.
What context are you referring to? The tsunami death toll is unrelated to workers being told that they must defeat safety equipment in order to keep their jobs.
It always amazes me how freepers do the “but it must not be too bad, people aren’t dying” and yet can’t seem to grasp that it wasn’t an atomic bomb, it’s a slow cancer death for crying out loud.
Most Freepers in denial about Fukushima also tend to ignore reports like this.
CONFIRMED: 36 Percent Of Fukushima Kids Have Abnormal Thyroid Growths And Doctors Are In The Dark
Wow, that’s over 34 thousand children they tested, and 36% of them have abnormal thyroid growths?!
I think it’s an intentional nuke industry tactic to tirelessly insist that no one died, no one died, no one died. The USSR really paved the way for that tactic by refusing to allow doctors to report deaths from radiation (the doctors had to attribute deaths to other causes) for the first 3 years following the explosion of the reactor. Oh the nuke industry knows that deaths and horrible, debilitating illnesses usually take time to develop - but they rely upon the ‘no one died’ meme to lull many sleep and then when deaths are reported, the nuke pimps claim those deaths were unrelated to radiation (hey people get cancer all the time!).
How much worse would it be if there was nobody to work in the plants and towards stabilizing the reactors?
That’s what we are talking about.
Perhaps they should pull a union and strike for higher wages and better working conditions while the core was overheating. /s
I think its an intentional tactic of the anti nuke power industry to overstate the dangers and impact of accidents.
All while you are burning electricity.
If true such an act is obviously criminal. But in it’s own way Japan
and it’s government are just as corrupt as ours.
And yes..... it’s probable that no one has died from the radiation
released from Fukushima.....YET.
But it’s very probable that the eventual death toll from cancers
caused by this release will dwarf the toll from the tsunami.
And I play with radiation for a living.
The official did wrong. However, I think the text miststates what he was trying to communicate.
It implies he was threatening them with some sort of blacklist, as in, “you’ll never work in this industtry again.”
In fact, the limited quotes imply that he was stating, quite accurately, that if these individuals get to the limit in 3 months, they’ll be out of a job for the rest of the year. Not because the company will fire them, but because regulations will projibit them from going near a plant for the rest of the year.
Fairly obviously, what the company should have done was either provide more effective protective equipment to limit exposure, or rotate people into the hot zone and then out to work somewhere else.
Also, the dose limits are all based on the Linear No Threshold (LNT) Model. There is some evidence that this model may be correct, but there is roughly equivalent evidence for two other models: the Threshold Model, by which there is no effect at very low doses (below the threshold); and the Radiation Hormesis Model, by which doses below a certain level actually have a positive tonic effect.
The choice of LNT for safety regulations has been made for esentially two reasons: Err on the side of caution, and political concerns.
The first reason is perfectly valid till definitive evidence is produced. The second is scientifically indefensible.
FWIW, I worked three years in Los Alamos in the 80s. Met a lot of the old guys who had actually built the first Bombs, machinists and such. Many of them complained of the health effects of the relatively high (compared to accepted levels today) they had been exposed to.
Out of politeness I never shared my thoughts at the time. If they were still around to be complaining about these effects 40 years later, those effects just could not have been that great.
Make them work cleaning up the mess inside the reactors...
There has actually been at least one death I have read about and it was the girlfriend and family who were the ones who talked about it not TEPCO or the government.
” Prison terms for those who gave such orders. “
But only after they have had to walk around through the hot areas of the plant and get an equivalent dose as their workers got.
Then send them to prison.
They have probably drastically shortened the life of every one of their workers they made do this.
Brings to mind that old song “Take This Job and Shove It.” A job flipping burgers sounds pretty good about now.
Back in the spring, I spoke to a woman who was all excited about her husband being offered big time money to help with the clean up and a package for the family to go there. They were being told it was perfectly safe. My question was if it was so safe, then why were they having to bring in outsiders and throw money at them. It’s one thing if her husband felt this was his calling but it’s just crazy to take children into that situation.
The National Academy Of Science BEIR reports have, for some time, provided the medical evidence to support LNT. They state in one of their summaries (paraphrasing) “Despite what the nuclear energy industry would like to believe, the LNT model correctly reveals that damage occurs at very low levels etc.”
It’s not erring on the side of caution. Congress enacted legislation in 2000 to protect Defense workers from litigation if they file medical health claims for illnesses resulting from their exposure to radiation. Their ‘badge’ rating indicated that they did not receive dosage beyond the safety limit and yet they were prone to higher incidence of radiation related illnesses. Until legislation was enacted, the Defense department sued them if they filed a medical claim. In approving the legislation, Congress specifically stated that medical damage, to include cancer, can occur below the safety limit.
Reading the documentation coming out of Chernobyl, there are a host if illnesses which do not really lend themselves to disease names. It’s as if you took a very elaborate circut board (the human body) and disabled a few links so that a person can’t produce a little known, but required protein, or they can’t metabolize something they need to metabolize. Their immune system is damaged so they struggle more with routine illnesses etc. Most depressing was early dementia and accelerated aging - so that those working the Chernobyl cleanup were mentally and physically ‘older’ in terms of debility by the time they were in their 50’s.
No, actually we are talking about Japan accepting foreign help including workers and increased radiation protection.
We are also talking about TEPCO poorly maintaining and responding to retrofit requirements. Say, what if TEPCO had attended to the issue of their back up power supplies when told to do so? Wouldn’t that have reduced exposure rates for the workers...and the rest of the planet?
This refusal to accept ANY responsibility and to snarl at the public like we are ingrates when question is the hallmark of shoddy leadership prevalent in the nuke industry. AND THEY WANT THORIUM reactors because look how well their leadership has handled BWR.
There it is again, the snarled hint that the public are ingrates (all the while burning electricity).
The nuke industry always understates harm done. For years they denied that fatalities exceeded 46 people for Chernobyl. To this day you can’t get a nuke shill to admit the damage to human quality of life continues to unfold in the Ukraine - they act like they successfully washed their hands sparkling clean and have a clean record.
Was just reading up on another partial meltdown that occurred in CA in 1959 resulting in the release of radioactive gas over the San Fernando Valley (clean clean clean - you’ll never see the nuke shills admit to that!) Oh the 50 year roof that was eaten through in a day or two when 3 mile melted and released radiation (CLEAN! THEIR HANDS ARE CLEAN! They still deny responsibility). The nuke industry lacks a conscience so claiming the REAL problem is overstatement comes easily to them. Why there are nuke shills who act like Fukushima is over and no one was harmed. No harm, no foul...no truth in the nuke industry. Because the truth limits their ability to abuse the public trust and feel superior while doing it.
You neglected to address the lies and blatant exaggerations of the anti-nuke crowd. Comparing the Chernobyl to Japan or America is one of them.
Why am I not surprised that you are distorting my comments?
I mentioned the medical evidence documented throughout the aftermath of Chernobyl; this information says what radiation does to the human body. So I am comparing the effects of nuclear power plant fuel on human tissue and morbidity to those we can expect anywhere else humans are exposed to the byproducts of nuclear fuel. You’d like to imply that this is an over the top Fukushima = Chernobyl claim when what I am saying is there is medical evidence that can be applied elsewhere because human tissue doesn’t care if the irradiation source is from one nuclear power plan or another.
Twice I compared denials/obfuscation used in Chernobyl (and the 1959 CA reactor, and the Three mile Island reactor) to denials/obfuscation used in Fukushima. The shoe fits. This is not lies and blatant exaggerations. The nuke industry likes to wash its hands of its failures by screaming “lies” “exaggerations” when people merely cite their miserable record of incompetence and deceit. You made your bed - you LIE in it.