More signs now that the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan is still ongoing. Sludge samples taken from Tokyo Bay reveal that radioactive cesium contamination has increased in some areas by 13-times since measures were taken last August. Health officials said the radiation levels pose no immediate risk to the population – but could get worse should fish get contaminated and radioactive isotopes travel up the food chain.
Meanwhile in the United States – the Associated Press is reporting that nuclear regulators have quietly watered-down planning for nuclear emergency responses here at home. Despite nuclear plants all around the nation ageing beyond their recommended operational lives – nuclear regulators have reduced evacuation zones around them, required fewer exercises for accidents, and relaxed training for emergency officials.
In other words, we’re less prepared today to deal with a Fukushima-like nuclear disaster than we were before Fukushima happened. This should trouble us all – and remind us that the only safe type on nuclear power – is no nuclear power.