“Tip of the Iceberg”: Rampant violations during Fukushima decontamination — “Photos, videos show contractors lied” -Asahi

Published: January 17th, 2013 at 11:40 am ET
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(Subscription Only) Title: CROOKED CLEANUP: Photos, videos show contractors lied in decontamination reports
Source: THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
Author: Tamiyuki Kihara and Miki Aoki
Date: January 17, 2013

CROOKED CLEANUP: Photos, videos show contractors lied in decontamination reports

Photos and videos taken by The Asahi Shimbun show that general contractors lied in their reports about shoddy decontamination work around the Fukushima nuclear plant.

The companies, which received lucrative contracts for the project, admitted to slipshod work in three cases. But it is clear that many other violations of the Environment Ministry’s rules have occurred. [...]

(Subscription Only) Title: COMMENTARY: Ministry must listen directly to front-line workers
Source: THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
Author: Toshio Tada
Date: January 17, 2013

The Environment Ministry has received reports from The Asahi Shimbun and others about 14 cases of shoddy decontamination work in Fukushima Prefecture. General contractors admitted to only three of those cases.

The slipshod work caught in photos and videos by The Asahi Shimbun is just the tip of the iceberg. [...]

The ministry plans to release the results of its own investigations on Jan. 18. But if it continues to rely on the words of the contractors, the actual situation will never become clear. [...]

Separately, more than 30 decontamination workers told The Asahi Shimbun that they had cut corners. There is no doubt that violations of the ministry’s rules are rampant. [...]

If the ministry releases the results of insufficient investigations, public distrust of the government will only grow [...]

See also: NYTimes: Japan's cleanup denounced -- "A disgrace" ... "Absolutely irresponsible" -- Company that built all six Fukushima reactor buildings is leading 'decontamination'

Published: January 17th, 2013 at 11:40 am ET
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