Not that it should come as any surprise, but Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has just admitted that they have massively underestimated the amount of radiation released by the crippled reactors at Fukushima Daiichi, due to “improper measurement.”
“We are very sorry, but we found cases in which beta radiation readings turned out to be wrong when the radioactivity concentration of a sample was high,” TEPCO spokesman Masayuki Ono told a press conference. Beta ray-emitting radioactive materials include strontium-90.
Guilty of epic fail in the realm of public safety, TEPCO is still inexplicably controlling operations at the site of the worst nuclear disaster in peacetime history.
It doesn’t take much to imagine that this latest revelation is just the tip of the radioactive iceberg.
Since the first day of the disaster, there has been an ongoing conspiracy afoot to keep much of the unfolding story shrouded in secrecy for as long as possible.
This has been done almost exclusively to protect the corporation, and the industry associated with it, from total collapse. By limiting the effectiveness of the evacuation zone, falsely minimizing the risk posed by radiation exposure in general, and fudging the data from Fukushima exposures in particular, those who collaborated to protect the industry callously sacrificed the public good.
Thyroid cancers are spiking among children in Fukushima prefecture; but the official position is that escaped radiation from the accident is “unlikely” to be the cause.
How many times did the public receive assurances that meltdown would not occur; that contamination could be contained; that groundwater wouldn’t be contaminated; that the ocean fisheries would be unaffected? If these were not the most bald-faced lies, the only alternative is that TEPCO is singularly incompetent.
In either case, there is absolutely no legitimate excuse for the Japanese government to have left them in control for so long.