Saturday, February 11, 2012

TEPCO Was Sending the US NRC the Survey (Contamination) Map of Fukushima I Nuke Plant From March 2011

It was only late April that TEPCO admitted to the existence of the "survey map" which plotted the radiation levels on the plant compound, supposedly for the workers to avoid "hot" debris scattered around the reactor buildings and turbine buildings.

But Kyodo News says TEPCO had started sending the map to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission more than one month before they made the map public. It means TEPCO started sending the map to the NRC in mid to late March, practically right after the accident started on March 11, 2011.

What's more, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency started receiving the map a day after TEPCO had started sending it to the NRC, and the Agency had kept it quiet until TEPCO admitted to the existence.

Kyodo News (2/12/2012):

東電、原発線量マップまず米側へ 公表の1カ月以上前

TEPCO had given the radiation map of the plant more than one month before the company made it public


It was revealed on February 11 that the radiation map of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant compound ("survey map") that TEPCO had made public in late April last year had been provided to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) more than one month prior. According to TEPCO, the survey map was sent as it was updated. The company started to send the report to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry one day after the company had started providing the information to the US agency.


In the Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident, it has been revealed that the SPEEDI data from the Ministry of Education and Science and the dispersion simulation data of radioactive materials by the Japan Meteorological Agency had been provided to the US and the international agency [IAEA, who got the data from JMA] from early on, but were not made public in Japan until much later.

On April 24, 2011, Kyodo News reported that TEPCO admitted to the existence of the "survey map". If I remember right, TEPCO only admitted after the "rumor" had spread, supposedly originated from the workers at the plant, that such a map existed.


Anonymous said...

So the citizens of Japan are less important to TEPCO than foreign countries. Now why send all this to the NRC in USA -and not to Japanese Government? Or was it provided, but just not to the people in the radiated areas. WHY didnt the public get informed? That is what the Japanese Government needs to correct.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

TEPCO probably knew very correctly that the Japanese government was incapable of doing anything with any data that they could give.

Also, I remember reading about TEPCO asking the US military's help, and that was so quickly shot down by the Japanese government. As the result, you saw that bucket of water being dropped from the SDF helicopter.

Atomfritz said...

Looks similiar to the Eastern Bloc.
These countries were formally independent, but the real power was at their occupation power, the Soviet union.

Japan seems to be an US protectorate still, even 66 years after their capitulation.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

@Atomfritz, I don't deny what you say, but in this case I suspect it's more like TEPCO knew who was more competent and had expertise. Just like the case of SPEEDI, it is likely that the US specifically asked for the information, so the information was given. Japanese bureaucrats and politicians didn't ask, because they had no clue what to ask.

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