Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Fukushima Daiichi: Former TEPCO Exec Fails to Take Responsibility for the Seawall Fiasco


Sakai Muto, former VP of Tokyo Electric Power, who is being tried for negligence, testified October 16 that he had not been informed of the chance of a tsunami impacting the Daiichi facility and therefore did not authorize countermeasures:
Mikiharu Sugiura and Chikako Kawahara (2018, October 16). Ex-TEPCO exec denies being told of need for tsunami steps THE ASAHI SHIMBUN http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201810160055.html
A former vice president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. refused to take any responsibility for the Fukushima nuclear disaster, testifying in court Oct. 16 that he was never made aware of the possibility of destructive tsunami striking the facility and, therefore, did not authorize countermeasures.
This is an interesting case of an executive refusing to "fall on his sword" and take blame for the Fukushima Daiichi disaster.

Holding individuals accountable is important for fostering a broader culture of responsibility and ethics but "individualizing" problems that are system wide through tokenization can lay disproportionate blame upon individuals who simply followed the logic and disposition of the systems they were embedded in.

The systems that enable and promote particular behaviors over others must be interrogated and reformed in order to prevent catastrophic risks, such as those still presented by the Fukushima Daiichi disaster whose effluents continue to threaten the ocean and the atmosphere, as illustrated by this story:
80% of ‘purified’ Fukushima plant water exceeds radiation limits (September 30, 2018). The Japan Times, http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004863468

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — About 80 percent of water stored at the meltdown-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station after purification work still contains radioactive materials above the environmental standards, officials at the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., have admitted.

The revelation came at a time when TEPCO and the government are considering ways to dispose of the “purified” water, of which amount has risen as high as about 940,000 tons.
The water is contaminated with radioactive strontium, iodine, and tritium

All of these radioactive elements bioaccumulate in living tissues. These radioactive elements will become concentrated in ocean life, with consequences unknown. Iodine-131 bioaccumulates in the human endocrine system.

High risk and low accountability are a very dangerous combination, especially when encoded into systems.

Fukushima Daiichi October 17 23:34 and 23:59. As I watched, I saw two large "sparks" fly up from the left side of the Unit 1 building (building with scaffolding) but unit 2 (building behind white vent stack) has the most visible emissions on this cam: