Tuesday, July 10, 2012

#Nuclear Japan: Fukui Prefecture Handed the Blacked-Out SPEEDI Simulation Map to Green Peace Japan to "Show" the Effect of Release of Radioactive Iodine in a Severe Accident at Ooi Nuke Plant


(If you can see it, that is.)

If you think TEPCO was hiding something when the company first produced the document that was almost completely blacked out to the Diet Independent Investigation Commission back in September last year, wait till you see this map.

It's a SPEEDI simulation map, done at the request from Shiga Prefecture to assess the risk of a severe accident at Ooi Nuclear Power Plant and shared with Fukui Prefecture, where Ooi Nuclear Power Plant is located. Shiga Prefecture is downwind from Ooi Nuclear Power Plant. Green Peace Japan requested the map from Fukui Prefecture under the freedom of information request, and this is what the Fukui prefectural government gave to Green Peace on May 9, 2012.

The map is blacked out except for Shiga Prefecture, the prefecture who originally requested the SPEEDI simulation, even though Green Peace's request was for the SPEEDI map that shows Fukui Prefecture, which is located to the west of Shiga. The map is supposed to show, in different colors, the dose equivalent at thyroid for Fukui Prefecture in case of a severe accident at Ooi Nuclear Power Plant that would release a huge amount of radioactive materials including iodine-131.

From Green Peace Japan's post on June 19, 2012, soon after the government decided to restart Ooi Nuclear Power Plant:


This is the map that the Fukui prefectural government disclosed to the Fukui residents: a blacked-out map that doesn't even show Fukui Prefecture.

Why?

Green Peace Japan's page has the scanned document from Fukui Prefecture that gives the reason for the blackout:

滋賀県および福井県が行う防災対策に係る事務に関する情報であって、公にすることにより、当該事務の適正な遂行に支障を及ぼすおそれがあるため

It is the information that has to do with the disaster response measures to be undertaken by Shiga Prefecture and Fukui Prefecture, and there is a possibility that the proper execution of the measures may be hindered by making the information public.


Alright then, Fukui Prefecture must at least have such countermeasures in place for a "severe accident" like it happened at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, correct? No, says Green Peace and Fukui Prefecture. In another document on the site, Fukui Prefecture says:

Since we haven't done the simulation of a "severe accident" that releases iodine-131 at 10^16 to 10^17 becquerels/hour, there is no information to disclose.

東京新聞より。イカれていやがる… on Twitpic

So what DID the Fukui prefectural government do? Tokyo Shinbun in June this year had this article (I don't know the exact date, but it is about Green Peace Japan's freedom of information request to Fukui Prefecture.) The article says, toward the end:

In the fiscal 2011, Ministry of Education and Science gave Fukui Prefecture 24 SPEEDI simulation maps each for Ooi Nuclear Power Plant and Mihama Nuclear Power Plant. The amount of radioactive material release that Fukui Prefecture set for the SPEEDI simulation calculation was the same as before the Fukushima accident, about one-millionth of the amount of iodine-131 released per hour at Fukushima.


So, the Noda administration lied through their collective teeth when Prime Minister Noda and top ministers said Ooi Nuclear Power Plant and KEPCO could easily deal with an accident similar to the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident. The Fukushima accident was a "severe accident", but they didn't even do the severe accident simulation for Ooi Nuclear Power Plant. How would they know that they could easily deal with a severe accident they didn't even plan for?

PM Noda said again and again that he would be personally responsible for the safe operation of Ooi Nuclear Power Plant. Now, I can only take it to mean that he is responsible as long as the plant operates safely, but he is not responsible if the plant doesn't operate safely.

But this map really takes the cake. Move on, nothing to see here, literally.

16 comments:

Steveo said...

effen lying effen pigs
criminally insane, crimes against humanity itself, and not just Japan

Anonymous said...

Stunning!

Anonymous said...

Incredible ! this proves the psychopaths running Japan couldn't give a shit about people and have no plan in place if Ooi blows up, total fucking lying scum, no credibility whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

Anon@2:05

Yup.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you Steveo.

I'm so glad there are organizations like Greenpeace at least out there trying to get at the truth. And Ex-SKF glad you are here doing the same!

Anonymous said...

"... SPEEDI simulation map, done at the request from Shiga Prefecture to assess the risk of a severe accident at Ooi Nuclear Power Plant and shared with Fukui Prefecture ..."

And neither prefecture had a problem with the fact that the map had nothing to do with a "severe accident", although Shiga had requested just that? Not one person spoke up and said, "hey, wait a minute ..."? The whole thing doesn't add up even on the local government level.
*mscharisma*
*mscharisma*

Anonymous said...

Get rid of the red markers.Done.
Black is the new Black.

Thank you Greenpeace.
From the outset of this disaster, taking samples and providing information. If memory serves, Greenpeace were the only ones out on the water trying to assess what was taking place in the ocean.

It's likely to be the same disaster response across the world in response to a nuclear accident, minimize and obfuscate, panic to be avoided at all costs.
Spending less on being ready is also important.

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120516/business/705169902/

OT
http://japanfocus.org/-Muto-Ruiko/3784

An excellent article on the doings of Ms. Muto and some of the citizens of Fukushima.

Arigato, Ms. Muto, Ms. Yamaguchi, Ms. Field, and arevamirpal for all the work you have done/are doing to inform the world.

Anonymous said...

I think it is about time the Greens in Japan start looking into developing their own version of SPEEDI and doing their own very public projections. If getting computing power is a problem they could try to run a "distributed computing" system like SETI@home to crunch the numbers.

http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/

I'm sure they could find plenty of idle computers around the world waiting to help. Anything would be better than the lame, blacked out, predetermined "everything will be OK" outcome the Jgov is offering.

Concerned citizens need to set up their own civil defense styled programs like the ones operated in the US and USSR during the cold war. How embarrassing would it be for the Jgov and the nuclear industry if a cadre of well trained citizens with proper equipment beat them to the punch releasing data during the next disaster. Maybe an organization like safecast.org could be the backbone for a civilian network system?

Anonymous said...

WTF!

m a x l i said...

Let me think....If I was KEPCO and had an accident similar to Fukushima I, I could receive wagonloads of money from the government to clean up the mess and to compensate the victims - money which the government gets from the tax payers, in other words from the victims of the accident (haha!) Then I do not really compensate the victims (why do those idiots build their houses close to my nuclear power plant?) but make them fill out endless forms and let them wait. And I do not really clean up the mess but pull a funny raincoat over one of my exploded reactors for decoration and can have a party.
You see, the statement: "I could easily deal with an accident similar to the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident" is a witty understatement. Of course I can deal with a heap of extra money!

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Yes, maxli, that's about it. The nuke plants came much later than people's houses there, of course...

m a x l i said...

Of course the nuke plants came later than a lot of the houses, but since when do reality and facts matter in the mind of a psychopath?

Safety Products said...

its really very difficult to imagine about any type disaster am really get scared whenever i heard about such disaster news in nearby our area....

Atomfritz said...

It's just mind boggling to me.

There is a computer-created accident scenario which is based on extremely optimistic assumptions (only one millionth of the radioactive iodine being released per hour!).
And even this unrealistically positive outcome seems to be too uncomfortable to be published.

Apparently nobody dares to think about what would happen if the containment breaks as it happened in Chernobyl, releasing not millionths of the radioactive inventar, but percents each hour.

What would this mean for downwind Kyoto and Tokyo if Ooi fails in a Chernobyl-like manner, a scenario that seems to be a blasphemic no-no to even think about?

Anonymous said...

* What would this mean for downwind Kyoto and Tokyo if Ooi fails in a Chernobyl-like manner, a scenario that seems to be a blasphemic no-no to even think about? *

Kyoto and Tokyo? 'Sayonara, baby', that's what it means. And much f Kansai, too.
It is ironic is it not, that an acident at Fukui could exterminate exactly what they are trying to conserve (the economy there).
The stupidity is beyond any theatre of the absurd. This is our reality we are talking about. Not some text.

Lol! Heart of Darkness Map provided for those who prefer not to see.

Anonymous said...

to your question:
"How would they know that they could easily deal with a severe accident they didn't even plan for?"

the answer is that they "deal" with it, with lots of money and truckloads of VIAGRA! see? no love involved.

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