Title: Crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant needs international help
Source: South China Morning Post (Subscription may be required)
Date: Oct. 29, 2013
Japan has a history of struggling to face up to the past. So, whether it has the crisis at the stricken nuclear plant at Fukushima under control, as it claims, has to be of concern. [...] The series of failures, mistakes and untruths [...] prove the government and [Tepco] are ill-equipped to deal with the challenges. The threat is global and a global response is urgently needed.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent mixed signals [...] But this is no matter to be vague about. Hiding the true nature of the problem could prove catastrophic for the region and world. [...] The meltdown of three of the plant’s six reactors has left the precise location of the melted cores unknown [...]
Removing the spent rods will be difficult given the uncertainties. If any come into contact with each other or are exposed to air, gases with high levels of radiation will be released or, worse, there could be a catastrophic explosion.
[...] A call to the UN by 16 nuclear experts in an open letter should be heeded. Responsibility for the Fukushima site should be transferred to a worldwide engineering group overseen by independent nuclear scientists and a civil society panel.
Published: October 29th, 2013 at 1:06 pm ET