Calm at J. Village belies the danger, Japan Times, Nov. 12, 2011:
[...] “serious problems have remained for workers at Fukushima No. 1, insiders say.”
“Hiroyuki Watanabe, a member of the Iwaki Municipal Assembly, has interviewed about 20 nuclear plant workers and some have told him conditions were extremely bad.” [...]
“Many were sent by subcontractor dispatch companies that do not provide job or health insurance, which is illegal, Watanabe said.”
“The workers are often abandoned by personnel companies once their cumulative radiation exposure exceeds the legal limits, Watanabe said.” [...]
“Tepco is running out of midlevel skilled nuclear plant workers, given the legal limit for radiation exposure, [Yukiteru Naka, who runs the nuclear plant maintenance company Tohoku Enterprise Co.] warned.”
An American Look at Fukushima, Minute by Minute, New York Times, Nov. 11, 2011:
“One lesson involves the nature of radiation protection for plant workers in an emergency. Two operators received more than 60 rem (0.6 Sv), far above the level at which changes in blood chemistry can be observed and almost at the level where symptoms like nausea and vomiting begin.”
“But most of the dose came not from walking around in places where radiation was present – it was internal, meaning it was from particles inhaled or swallowed by the workers. Radioactive material that is lodged in the body will deliver a dose for an extended period.”
A Visit to Fukushima Begins, New York Times, Nov. 11, 2011:
[... T]he Japanese government is opening the compound and surrounding area to the media for the first time. On Friday, officials took a group of reporters, including Martin Fackler of The New York Times, on a tour of J-Village, a former sports center near the plant that is now being used to house workers laboring to bring the plant’s reactors under control.
[...] “The medical center has never treated a case of radiation exposure. Fukushima Daiichi did have a radiation exposure case in March, but the person was treated elsewhere.”
“Some 2,400 workers have come for checks, but mostly for colds.”
Notice the contradiction between the two New York Times reports from the 11th? Perhaps being on the Tepco public relations tour interfered with Mr. Fackler’s ability to properly research this vital issue.
- Rumor circulating via Twitter in Japan: Many more Fukushima workers dead than revealed -- Bodies may be kept at medical school
- Japan Times: It is of "great concern" that little has been disclosed about Fukushima workers
- The Economist: Fukushima engineer reveals workers "often keeled over" while clearing radioactive rubble, heat blamed -- Taken away in ambulance, "usually" they returned
- Shukan Asahi reporter says he heard ambulances come to Fukushima plant "at least for 10 times a day" (VIDEO)
- "It is not much fun being part of a medical experiment" says worker -- Fukushima a center of radiation 'safety' research?
- Interview in Fukushima: a lot of police are dead, but it is not reported -- When radiation workers die, they are marked as missing (VIDEO)
Published: November 12th, 2011 at 3:00 am ET