It was revealed on December 31 that a team that the US government sent to Japan in order to measure radiation around Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant right after the start of the nuclear accident was a special team to counter nuclear terrorism. [...]
Title: U.S. nuke crisis team’s Fukushima findings wasted
Source: Japan Times
Date: December 31, 2012
The United States sent a special nuclear response team to Japan right after the Fukushima meltdown disaster started in March 2011, but Japan was slow to make use of radiation data from the unit, according to U.S. and Japanese government sources. [...]
The [Consequence Management Response Team] provided radiation data from the first round of [Aerial Measuring System] operations to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, then Japan’s nuclear regulatory body, and to the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry from March 18 to 20 via the Foreign Ministry.
These initial data, however, were not effectively used to make decisions about the early evacuation of residents around the plant, several Japanese sources reiterated recently. [...]
Published: December 31st, 2012 at 9:42 am ET