NHK Nuclear Watch, Jan. 22, 2014:
NHK: Decommissioning [Chernobyl] could take a century […] This edition of ‘Nuclear Watch’ is looking at how people tied to the cleanup of the Fukushima accident here in Japan are trying to learn lessons from Chernobyl […]
Professor Ryuji Okazaki, adviser to Japanese government on how to protect workers from radiation: “We really want to learn from what you’re doing here in the Ukraine.”
NHK: A government official told Okazaki, “Our practices are based on lessons from the past.” […] They periodically check for more than 200 types of illnesses including heart disease. Doctors also focus on the eyes […] they monitor balance, too. […] The situation is quite different at Fukushima Daiichi. Screening of workers is left up to the contractors […] they are not obliged to submit data to the plant’s operator or any national institution. Professor Okazaki says Japan has much to learn from what’s happening at Chernobyl.
Professor Okazaki: […] Ukraine provides an example we should follow.
NHK: Okazaki says Japanese leaders should introduce a centralized system to collect health data right away.
ABC: Natalia Manzurova was a 35-year-old Soviet engineer when disaster struck at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in April 1986. Manzurova was ordered by the Soviet government to go in and clean up the plant after it exploded. [...]
Manzurova: “First of all, we were mapping the radionuclides that were there, and then we had to bury everything that was above the surface.” [...]
ABC: But like all her colleagues, she would later get cancer. In her case, her thyroid had to be removed. Of the 14 scientists Manzurova worked with at Chernobyl, she is the only survivor.
Manzurova: “I had the same health consequences as everyone who was engaged in liquidating the accident had.”
Published: February 1st, 2014 at 10:44 pm ET