Former Fukushima Worker: I’m doing penance for the rest of my life by trying to clean up nuclear contamination — I feel responsibility as an engineer (VIDEO)

Published: February 6th, 2013 at 1:29 pm ET
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Source: NHK
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Date Aired: June 22, 2012
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Masataka Aoki, Nuclear Power Worker:

I feel responsibility as an engineer.

I want to spend the rest of my life helping the decontamination effort.

That’s what I’m doing as penance.

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Published: February 6th, 2013 at 1:29 pm ET
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22 comments to Former Fukushima Worker: I’m doing penance for the rest of my life by trying to clean up nuclear contamination — I feel responsibility as an engineer (VIDEO)

    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      exactly, Anthony. Which is why I protested strongly when someone was attempting to blame engineers for what's happened at these plants. In truth, in one way or another, we're all responsible. But if I were to lay the blame at someone's feet, I'd have to choose the financial sector, for using nuclear power as a vehicle for profiteering. Then I'd have to look at the politicians for having been so docile in protecting those they claim to represent; which is supposed to be us! When done cutting through their ranks, I'd have to look at many (but not all) within the scientific community, for having repressed the truth of this deadly technology…


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      • Jay

        AfterShock , as you can see I do not 'attempt' to blame the scientists/engineers , I actually DO !

        Prove to us that the responsability # 1 is not with the engineers but that was someone else that designed and approved those nuclear plants including the Location and tsunamy/earthquake protection !

        And when you will not be able to prove it , be careful because blaming someone else who is not responsible has its own adjectives and nouns …

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Engineer

        And than the Doctors :

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocratic_Oath


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        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          It's a long list of guilty parties, Jay, going all the way back to the '50's.

          There was a lot of money to be made, and now we're all going to die early. There is plenty of blame to go around.


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        • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

          first off, Jay, neither of us is privy to the original engineering specifications. So it's unlikely either of us can determine who had the final word in where the plants are located.

          I do recall that there were GE engineers who eventually resigned in protest, against the 'faulty' design of the Mark-series reactors (though, I consider all nuclear power reactors faulty when used within the planet's biosphere).

          Second, there were reports of TEPCO representatives buying-off Fukushima province politicos, in order to get those plants installed at that particular location.

          As to the onus being placed on the engineers? I'll join you in the buck passing when it's proven that they make-out the paychecks…to themselves. Otherwise, I'll continue pointing the finger of blame at the bean counters (company owners and investors) and policy makers (politicians, courts, public health advocates)…


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          • Jay

            AfterShock , FieroDough :

            1) You think that those engineers Designing a nuclear plant were NOT AWARE of what they were designing ??? HELLO , SHILLS !!

            2) You need to be Privy to design specifications ?? Save time , honor and Reputation by judging the design by its performance , catastrophic in Japan's case .

            Any other pumpering of the culprits that Designed And Located those nuclear plants ?


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            • fierodough

              @JAY

              You clearly have no idea what ane Engineer is…

              A single Engineer does not design a nuclear plant… An Engineer designs nuclear plant COMPONENTS. Who is to say the Engineer know what plant the components were to be used for? Combine with what other components? then throw MOX fuel at it? This cluster F**K of a nuclear plant does not rest on Engineers but on greed. Money and power is what created this monster. And guess what, you, just like me, made this all possible.

              Get off your soap box, stop looking to dump blame and accept that we are all responsible to some degree.


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              • 16Penny 16Penny

                Also notable, in my opinion, is that out of all of the people involved in owning, regulating, building and operating NPP's (the life cycle in general) is it always the engineers that come forward with moral / ethical objections? Has there ever been an owner that said "wait a min, something isn't right with this!?!" Or anyone else?


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              • Jay

                OK , Let's see FieroDough , what 'components' the 'smart' engineers do not see as part of the Nuclear Reactor Plant :

                1) the ten tonne Retaining Vessel !! Ok , so the 'engineers' thought it was for a giant Pizza Hut Oven , I'll buy that ;)

                2) the radioactive roads Spent Fuel Pool located on the THIRD floor : OK , the 'engineers' thought it was an Olympics/Hotel pool , glory !! I'll buy that !

                3) the Emergency Building tailored for Radioactive emergencies : OK , the 'engineers' thought it was a recreational room , Damn , That's where they should have located the Spent Fuel Pool ( Olymoics ) in the first place !

                4) the radiation shielding and the Thermo Coupled Thermometers : OK , make sense , the Pizza Hut staff needs it for proper cooking , I<ll buy that !

                5) etc …..

                6) But , BUT PAYCHECKS FROM TEPCO ?????? F**k That !!

                Jay .


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            • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

              Well Jay, you're obviously ignoring the arguments.

              Claiming others are shills does a serious disservice to your position. I'd advise caution against such a tone.

              Though I've made mention of it within prior posts on this subject, you're not accepting the truth that hindsight is twenty-twenty. This means (in the event you're glossing over the responses of others) errors are far more easily recognized…after the fact. We simply cannot expect others to intuit what we know to be the wrong path. We can all agree, when an individual comes to know – through experience – that they're doing something wrong, then they are in violation of the social contract. Combine this concept of historical perspective (awareness through experience) with 'group think' and we now have the makings for a catastrophe which exceeds the control of both individual (in this case, the errant engineer / technician) and support group(s). This is precisely the cause behind every organizational and technological failure; not just nuclear…


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  • Jay

    Did someone in Japan heard me ?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Engineer

    Right , politicians and the 'elite' can't built nuclear reactors but they sure can order them . That's when the engineers and scientists should expose those politicians and tell them to get lost !
    OK , maybe on another planet …


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  • fierodough

    Actually, as an Engineer (Computer) I can tell you that each engineer is responsible for a minute portion of the project. IE: design me a tube that has x-radious bends and can operate at y-temperature under z-pressure. They can't see the whole picture as to what is coming together. The DESIGNER can. The OWNER can, the INVESTORS can.

    An engineers is given stringent guidlines to build within. whome ever DESIGNED those guidlines is to blame.

    Honestly, we are all to blame here. We are enablers. Each time you turn on the lights in your home you are using nuclear power and supporting the industry. Each time you turn on your car, you are supporting oil cartels. Each time you vote, you are supporting potentialy corrupt politics. It's supply and demand, if there was no money to be made in nuclear power, or politicians that want nuclear weapons, there would be no need for anything nuclear.

    Anger and greed is what keeps us from living in a perfect world.

    So don't blame one guy, group or company… Blame us all.


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      spot-on fierodough. Apparently, some of us are still having trouble with the concept of causality…


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        "Twenty-one of 22 incumbent senators were re-elected, and 353 of 373 incumbent members of the House were re-elected. The American people have re-elected 94 percent of the incumbents who were running for re-election to an institution that has an approval rating of about 9 percent. This indicates, as an electorate, we are a nation of idiots. We're now stuck with the useless, dysfunctional government that we deserve"
        – Raymond K Hessel

        Same the world over.


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        • Jay

          It's TOO bad that Time is Short , yet so correct !!

          Electronic Voting , the IQ Bell Curve , Shills and the main Media cooked the Fiery Dough of Nuclear MeltDowns causing Shock Waves of ignorant responses while Millions of idiots were picking their radioactive noses : ahh , should we run or the government will defeat the evil radiation ?!
          That's the Cartoon that Japan has became …


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    • SwimsWithGators

      No blaming us all. That's just a whitewash.

      These people made a living, a dishonest living we all now see. Many of us saw it from the start and tried to get the builders of NPP's to stop what they were doing. Don't blame us. Then don't blame the people who were lied to by the forces that told them time and again there was nothing to worry about. They share no blame in NPP. They can only be blamed for believing the lies.

      In the case of the Man who is the subject of this thread, we can consider him to be heroic versus the crap shills that to this day still make money from and still try to sell us more NPP.

      Everybody and anybody who worked for NPP should be serving penance to those of us who tried to stop this from happening in the first place or who were just sheep being lead to the slaughter.

      All the NPP people should don the garb and work at Fukushima for free and as long as they can stand. Maybe, just maybe then they can be forgiven.


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  • amberlight amberlight

    I was deeply touched by this man's ethics. Too bad some of it doesn't rub off on the politicians and CEOs who set this nuclear juggernaut in motion.

    I haven't watched the entire video yet, but I wonder if they are doing anything besides bagging the contaminated soil. There are botanical remediation measures that could help clean it up, but I haven't heard too much about the Japanese taking that approach.

    Remediation assumes that the source of contamination has been eliminated, but since they are going full speed ahead with removing the soil (exposing the underlying layers to contamination), they might as well be planting bioaccumulators.

    I can no longer forage for boletes or chanterelles in the Pacific northwest because of the high levels of cesium 134 and 137 in those mushroom species. Two mycorrhizal species that uptake enormous amounts of cesium are Paxillus atrotomentosus at concentrations of 1180X of that present in their habitat and Gomphidius glutinosus with a whopping 10,000X concentration.

    We can choose to make nature our enemy or our mentor and ally. Unfortunately for the many, the powerful few are bent on "conquering" and exploiting nature.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Another person's penance should be looked upon with humility.
    No matter how deserving..it is not ours to judge.


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  • We Not They Finally

    Bless this man. He'll probably die from his efforts, but at least there are people left with a conscience. It's all so immensely tragically sad.


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