06 Jul '12, 11am

Tokyo and Washington on Fukushima

Reuters The crippled No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan. The plant’s 2011 disaster was a preventable one resulting from collusion between the government, regulators and industry, a Japanese commission reported on Thursday. A special investigative commission in Japan has issued a report that praises, explicitly or implicitly, several elements of nuclear safety regulation in the United States. But a few hours after the report was released on Thursday, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, who is about to step down, declared that the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns revealed a major gap in the American safety program. To whit: what happened at Fukushima technically did not violate American safety standards because the public suffered no major radiation exposure. Getty Images Gregory B. Jaczko Yet the effect was clearly unacceptable because people wi...

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