Banyan Analytics, an institute that assists the U.S. Government in developing strong emergency preparedness and response systems in the Asia-Pacific; Founded by ANSER, a security and defense analysis group that works with the U.S. government and miltary, Nov. 14, 2013 (emphasis added):
Few issues on the Asia-Pacific security horizon are more worrying and potentially more destabilizing to the region than the decommissioning and cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant… the situation is dangerous enough that a single mistake could potentially lead to a radiological disaster far worse than the initial disaster… That there has not yet been a major disruption in Fukushima that could cause another meltdown and potentially affect the lives of millions in the Asia-Pacific and on the western coast of the United States is an incredible relief to all. But, as some scientists have asserted, the situation in Fukushima is so fragile that a number of things could go wrong at any moment to make the currently risky situation turn globally catastrophic. An earthquake or severe storm… could cause damage… leading to the massive radiological contamination of the Pacific region, which would endanger the lives of millions of people and force mass evacuations… In the context of regional security, it is important to acknowledge that the situation in Fukushima poses a substantial risk to the stability of the Asia-Pacific. If an incident occurred during the decommissioning of… the nuclear facility, it would impact systems such as the social and political stability of Japan as well as countries in the region; food security; public health; trade and commerce; the global environment; and regional politics. Governments in the Asia-Pacific would do well to anticipate a variety of emergency scenarios that could unfold during the upcoming and most fragile phases of decommissioning.
Sandia National Laboratories, Nov. 21, 2013: Cleaning Contaminated Water at Fukushima — “As the tragedy unfolded, a unique partnership came together to help solve the problems related to this global disaster.”
Published: June 9th, 2015 at 5:50 pm ET