Former GE Nuclear Inspector: They made us wear lead vests to falsify radiation exposure when in Taiwan — All the lead did was cover our dosimeters (VIDEO)

Published: July 22nd, 2012 at 10:28 pm ET


Interview with former General Electric nuclear plant inspector Kei Sugaoka
Uploaded by laborvideo
Filmed May 5, 2011
Uploaded Jun 6, 2011

At 30:20 in

Interviewer: Life as a nuclear inspector… GE what a company. That’s amazing.

Sugaoko: What else were they doing in Taiwan?

They used to make us wear lead vests.

All that lead vest was doing was just covering up my film badge.

Basically, you’re just falsifying exposure. It didn’t cover your head.


I think they still do that ’til this day when they got a hot job.

I told them I’m not wearing that vest. That’s against the law. You’d never see someone in the United States wearing that. You’re falsifying exposure.

h/t JustmeAlso

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Published: July 22nd, 2012 at 10:28 pm ET


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18 comments to Former GE Nuclear Inspector: They made us wear lead vests to falsify radiation exposure when in Taiwan — All the lead did was cover our dosimeters (VIDEO)

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    I hope Mr. Sugaoka avoids airplane flights the next few months.

    I have great respect for this man. You cannot imagine what he is risking.

    • Max1 Max1

      I agree.
      Truth can be a killer…


      agreed TIS. This is one courageous man indeed!

      The tide has turned now. There are now millions who'll know his name and doubtless celebrate his courage. That he once made his living stoking the fires of hell, means less than the boldness he's now showing.

      May the goddess stand guard over him and those he loves…


        he does make a statement in the video [@8:18], where he clearly states his ongoing support for nuclear power; then justifies this continued support by claiming renewables will not be able to meet the electrical power demand that nuclear offers. He goes on to modify that support by pointing out that the fuel cycle issue is still up in the air; that it must be addressed.

        His continued support for this technology doesn't entirely surprise me. He's obviously an experienced nuclear power engineer (1973 on?), so it's not likely we'll witness the objectivity we'd desire. Yet, it's precisely his experience that presents a problem for the pro-nuke crowd. He's definitely an 'insider' and worthy of our attention…

    • You mean avoid flying so we don't have another "accident" like Karen Silkwood being run off the road and killed for blowing the whistle (aftersomebody had tried silencing her by spiking her allergy nasal spray with plutonium dust)? Or how about U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone (D,MI) killed with his wife in a plane crash? He was a courageous and outspoken thorn in the side of Big Nuke… And just happened to die like so many others. What are the odds it was murder? You tell me… If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck…

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The radiation plants must be outlawed, worldwide.

    • JustmeAlso

      Would be a global law that makes sense.

      But for now i think humanity is too splintered to unite in intelligence.

      Or one belongs to the happy incrowd of the pro nukers or one belongs to the happy incrowd of the Anti nukers. What is needed to be accepted by either group? being submerged in a spent fuel pool?

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    There will be lots of whistleblowers once they get the rad sickness. Hard to threaten someone who's already dying.

    When they turn the net off, it won't be because of too much illegal video downloading . . .

  • razzz razzz

    That 48 minute interview of Kei Sugaoka is one of the more informative interviews about the nuclear industry with tidbits of information about Fukushima. From the You Tube uploader video description…

    "General Electric nuclear plant inspector Kei Sugaoka was one of the inspectors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in 2000. He noticed a crack in the steam dryer which he videotaped. He was later ordered by Tokyo Electric Power Company TEPCO to edit this part of the tape which is illegal in the United States. He went public and some TEPCO managers were fired. He thought that things would change but they have not. Additionally, as a result of being a whistleblower he was also laid off by General Electric and has been struggling to get the truth out about these dangerous plants. Sugaoka has inspected plants throughout the world including in Taiwan and Europe.
    This interview was done on May 5, 2011…"

    • JustmeAlso

      razzz, he confirms what we all see!: A total lack of transparency!

      Here is a vid of Kei Sugaoka revisiting Fukushima after the nuke disaster:

      Published on Jun 18, 2012 by Corroncheria

      Kei Sugaoka, ex GE Fukushima worker revisiting Fukushima after 10 years. Images of the Daini nuclear plant and neighboring ghost towns abandoned due to the nuclear evacuation. To learn more about Kei Sugaoka check this article:

  • razzz razzz

    Just to be clear, Kei Sugaoka in the interview was discussing nuke plants located in Taiwan and how they dealt was shielding the dosimeters there as stated in the ENEnews title but shows the mindset of the nuclear industry as a whole.

    Thanks for the links JustmeAlso.

  • Sickputer

    The bigger underlying implications of this story… Not that they sacrifice their own staff, but that all nuclear plants emit huge amounts of radiation during "normal" operations. Everyone living outside the plants are affected, not just a ten mile radius. Crops and milk are produced close to leaky plants…those hot crops and milk are consumed far from the plant. Fallout in the air, dirt, and water travels far.

  • weeman

    If we have to live with nuclear power plants maybe they should be for non profit that way the only way big business can make money is through R and D, you can bet their would be no radiation leaks then.
    Only till we find replacement energy sources.

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  • markww markww

    People grow up and learn to lie,from college. They are taught to lie ,cheat,steal,and favor corruption at the highest levels. Managers the top people risk their very being on earth when they tell people to lie and coverup . HELL IS NOT FULL YOU FOOLS in life.

    Honesty in the world have been replaced by evil doers.This is the new bread of the working class, they throw people away like trash. They have no decency left in them and the all MIGHTY DOLLAR has let them sink into a world of HATRED against the masses. Liars for the last 20 years have gotten rid of honest people by laying them off and rehiring dishonest people all over the planet. It is time for all to speak out to turn this tide around .

  • chrisk9

    Kei is an old friend of mine from the Livermore area before I got into the nuclear business. He was one of a number of people I knew who worked for GE because we were just a few miles from the Vallecitos facility. Another friend got me into the business,then I worked with Kei at Fukushima.

    Kei has opened up and reported some great insider information over the years. He has as much inside experience as anyone out there, and has done all the hard core jobs in person, not just from some desk. So he has complete credibility, and he never liked bullshit. Even when he was young he was the rebellious type.

    So believe what he has to say, he knows what he is talking about, and he has always been very honest.

    Kai if you read this hi from Chris from the Sunol days.

    • weeman

      I can tell from his dimeaner he don't take shit and wants to do things right, but management has broke him and probably labeled him unmanageable, he is the kind of man that should be in charge.

    • keipasa

      Chris….is this Chris Canine? If so email me

      I haven't seen you in decades.

      Thanks for the comments.