TV: U.S. now less prepared to deal with nuke disaster than before 3/11 (VIDEO) — FEMA and NRC ‘still studying’ Fukushima

Published: May 18th, 2012 at 3:19 pm ET
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Is nuclear catastrophe imminent at San Onofre, CA?
The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann
May 18, 2012

At ~1:00 in

  • Reduced evacuation zones around nuclear plants
  • Required fewer exercises for accidents
  • Relaxed training for emergency officials
  • In other words, we’re less prepared today to deal with a nuclear disaster than before Fukushima happened

Feds Cut Nuclear Emergency Exercises, Avoid Public Scrutiny
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Linda Lewis, Radiological emergency planning specialist
May 18, 2012

Not since the bungled response to Hurricane Katrina has the US federal government so callously ignored disaster red flags. Disregarding lessons of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, the Nuclear Regulatory Administration (NRC) secretively issued a new rule that decreases the frequency of emergency exercises and requires the use of exercise scenarios with no release of radiation, the Associated Press (AP) article reported Tuesday. The new rule will be implemented jointly by the NRC and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). [...]

The AP reports, “Officials for FEMA and the NRC said they are still studying whether Japan’s experience points to the need for further changes in the United States.” If those nameless officials paid any attention to the Fukushima disaster, they would already know that the latest changes took the radiological exercise program in the wrong direction. And, if they weren’t paying attention, why are they are still employed?

More from today’s broadcast: Gunter: International effort must now be mounted to prevent further catastrophe at Fukushima -- Japan yet to ask for outside help (VIDEO)

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