Greenpeace: The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Crisis is Not Under Control

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) “The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis is not under control, and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) and the government have failed to meet several of the plans objectives by rushing to meet formal deadlines and give the impression of normality, instead of accepting that this nuclear crisis will take decades," the Head of Greenpeace International’s nuclear campaign Jan Beránek said in a press release today.

He was Responding to today’s announcement by Japanese minister Goshi Hosono that TEPCO and the government had achieved phase 1 of its plan to bring the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

The power company said it has nearly achieved initial goals shown in its roadmap toward the containment of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant. The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant also said today it had met the three-month goals that were part of the "road map" to bring the facility to a safe condition, and will now focus on containing the amount of radiation still being released.

"Ongoing problems with contaminated water and reactor stability are not over and current levels of radiation measurement, as well as information transparency are completely inadequate,” Beránek said.

He called on the Japanese government to focus on ensuring that people are properly protected from increased levels of radioactive exposure in contaminated areas, even those lying well beyond current evacuation zones, such as Fukushima city. People need to be given clear information and adequate support to allow them either evacuate or limit their exposure to radiation, the release noted.

“Families with children or pregnant women need to be moved to safer places, while widespread, systematic and transparent farm produce and seafood monitoring must be set in motion to avoid further internal exposure from contaminated food, even in areas that seem far from the Fukushima Daiichi reactors.”

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