Fukushima cleanup workers break silence: Ordered to dump ‘debris’ into river — Gov’t “appeared not to believe him”

Published: March 2nd, 2013 at 2:25 am ET
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Asahi Shimbun, March 1, 2013: CROOKED CLEANUP: Workers break silence to allege boss ordered corner-cutting [...] Three laborers involved in radioactive cleanup around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant have alleged that a supervisor told them to dump debris in a river [...] At a news conference in the Diet building on Feb. 28, the men said a foreman ordered them to discard fallen branches and leaves into a river in an upland forest in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, in November 2012.  [...] this is the first time that decontamination workers have publicly come forward. [...] The third man, in his 40s, said he related what had happened to officials at the Environment Ministry. He spoke to them for more than an hour, he said, but they appeared not to believe him. [...]

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Published: March 2nd, 2013 at 2:25 am ET
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4 comments to Fukushima cleanup workers break silence: Ordered to dump ‘debris’ into river — Gov’t “appeared not to believe him”

  • Bones Bones

    Anyone who is on the inside has to speak out. These brave men need to be supported and I hope they get it in Japan. If not, maybe funds, like an investment fund for whistleblowers, could be created to provide financial assistance to any whistleblower since they normally get fired. That way we don't have to wait for their contracts to end for them to speak out, and protect them from prosecution, etc. Just a practical idea. Sad, sad, sad. The WPF Whistle-blower Protection Fund. Nuclear workers, understandably are worried about losing their jobs. We can turn their jobs into decontamination and deconstruction of the nuke plants. They will have jobs till the day they day. So in a way, I think it would be smart to support the workers. They aren't stupid, just being short-minded and ignorant. A little understanding goes a long way right?

    Now, back to the article, this just makes me think what else have they done over there to spread contamination even more? What don't we know? (Rem Tokyo Bay dumping???) We have known knowns, and known unknowns, and unknown unknowns. Something like that. lol

    I'm hopefully going to Japan in July if all goes right and I'll be immersed in the culture as I'm traveling alone. We'll see what I learn. I'll start a blog after I get back for a personal side from an outsider. What's the zeitgeist of Japan is my main idea and what secrets are known there that we don't know. Bringing my video camera obv.


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    • m a x l i

      Adding a few thoughts to your thoughts, Bones:
      1. Not everything broken can be mended with money. Your Whistleblower Protection Fund is not a bad idea overall, but it should never work too well and guarantee every whistleblower to be caught softly. Where there is money readily available, it will always attract the wrong people. Some inevitably will make up things and look forward to a long paid holiday. Somehow I think to become a whistleblower at some point is everyones moral duty and will remain a risky undertaking and it shouldn't become a business opportunity.
      2. I share your view that the real jobs probably will arise en masse and for a long time when we start to decommission the nuke plants and secure the waste and contaminated sites… The tax payer will be happy, well… not really!
      3. This frequent stories in the media about a few leaves dumped into a river look to me like a distraction from far worse things. This dumping of a few leaves and twigs in a river is in the context of what else is going on (Fukushima-Daiichi still pissing and sweating and having diarrhoea ) relatively meaningless. The whole country is contaminated to a varying degree. Impossible to prevent falling leaves ending up in a rivers everywhere. Even if it was possible, then what? Are they building Mount Leafy besides Mount Fuji?


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  • jump-ball

    Dumping toxic waste at night into convenient nearby rivers is a government thing, a recent example being the 50 year long u.s. coast guard practice of disposing of dead batteries into America's rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Authorities kept the practice hidden for decades, saving millions in proper disposal costs, while fining citizens $1000 for discarding a beer can:

    http://www.nytimes.com/1998/09/02/us/coast-guard-faces-suit-over-toxic-batteries-it-dumped-in-lakes-and-rivers.html


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  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    "He spoke to them for more than an hour, he said, but they appeared not to believe him."

    Pretty common when you have something to say that the government – any of them – doesn't want to hear.

    Make no mistake. These people are some of the smartest and brightest people there are, all highly educated and trained. They know exactly what they are doing, and what they are covering up.

    The difference between them and us, is that pure evil flows through their veins like blood. Something that doesn't afflict most of those here.


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