UN Says Japan’s assumptions Fukushima nuclear accident ‘too modest’

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The United Nations said Wednesday that Japan was ”too modest” in assuming possible accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant before the earthquake-tsunami disaster crippled the facility on March 11.

”The principal lesson of the Fukushima accident is that assumptions made concerning which types of accident were possible or likely were too modest,” the United Nations said in a report released Wednesday on the nuclear crisis in Japan.

”Those assumptions should be reviewed for all existing and planned reactors, and the possible effects of climate change should be taken into account,” it said.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has blamed the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in northern Japan on its design which, he says, was based on poor hazard assessments of natural disasters.

It calls for the IAEA to “establish a global radiation monitoring platform to display real-time data on radioactive releases and integrate data from international and national monitoring and early warning systems.”

The report says it is necessary for nuclear power stations to strengthen their safety standards.

The report strongly called for facilitating “coordinated support to national, regional and international food and agriculture response planning to nuclear emergency.”

“Contaminated areas may not be able to grow crops or support livestock grazing as a result of the persistence of radionuclides such as cesium 137 for decades,” it said.

A nuclear accident could have an impact on food trade, “which arises not only from imposed food restrictions in certain areas, but also from consumers’ reluctance to consume some foods because of public fears of radioactive contamination,” it said.

Source: english.kyodonews.jp, via Nuclear Crisis – News – Kyodo News
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