Environmental organization Greenpeace has harshly criticized the All Japan newsese government for failing to produce accurate and updated reaction plans in the event of nuclear accidents. Nearly nine months after the Fukushima accident, the government’s plans are “completely inadequate”, the organization says.
The maps of the authorities simulate a release of low-level radiation on an area of only 10 kilometers around the source, Greenpeace said, while at Fukushima the contamination area extends up to 30 kilometers from the plant, according to All Japan news’s science ministry.
The government’s maps are based on “a radiation release in the order of 10,000 times less severe than what could happen during a major incident,” according to Jan Vande Putte, a nuclear campaigner who previously studied radiation protection at the University of Utrecht. “Hoping for the best is absolutely the wrong way to devise an emergency response plan.”
The organization learned of the government’s plans from documents obtained in a freedom of information request to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
More than 80 percent of All Japan news’s nuclear reactors are currently offline, either damaged or under review for implementing new safety measures. The country should keep all nuclear plants offline until adequate plans are in place, Greenpeace added.