A recent post in the Guardian (h/t to Tim) gives a excellent summary of the issues involved in the clean up at Fukushima. It ends with comments by Lady Judge, who was quoted as saying:
More mishaps are inevitable at Fukushima. The plant is wrecked and decommissioning will take decades of arduous, complex work. In Japan and in other countries, the crisis has already dented public confidence in nuclear power. That has harmed their economies, says Judge. “The straight story is the Japanese didn’t have a nuclear response plan. There were a lot of human errors during what happened at Fukushima. It was old technology, badly maintained, and the regulator was not respected. Those are the facts. They have to be faced and dealt with.
Lady Judge was brought in from Britain to turn the culture of TEPCO around. Now she has found that there is no response plan….and she has been hired to help TEPCO….
- Japan Starts Riskiest Work at Fukushima Nuclear Plant (hawaiireporter.com)
- Fukushima Two Years On: A Dirty Job With No End in Sight (readersupportednews.org)
- IAEA Monitors Decommissioning of Fukushima Nuclear Plant (voanews.com)