Huffington Post on NRC’s Fukushima Transcripts: Press releases in U.S. all said no danger from radioactive fallout — But transcripts tell another story

Published: February 14th, 2013 at 1:14 pm ET
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Title: A Lasting Legacy of the Fukushima Rescue Mission: The Navy Life — Into the Abyss
Source: Huffington Post
Author: Roger Witherspoon
Date: Feb. 12, 2013

[...] Transcripts of meetings and conference calls hosted by Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko showed steadily increasing concern as newer data contradicted previous data and measurements of radiation from the Navy differed markedly from the information coming from the Japanese government and TEPCO, the giant utility which owned the stricken reactors.

The NRC itself was flying blind. The agency had believed it was virtually impossible to have multiple meltdowns at the same site. As a result, their emergency models all involved the healthy plant using its working systems to control critical systems in the stricken plant until the problems were solved. Jaczko had publicly urged calm and for Americans in Japan to follow the guidelines of the Japanese government. NRC press releases in the United States all stated prominently that there was no danger from radioactive fallout.

But the transcripts tell another story. [...]

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Published: February 14th, 2013 at 1:14 pm ET
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