This may be one of the top “bonehead” statements of the ongoing disaster in Japan.
“An official from Date City explained the situation in the city, saying “Even when we explain how to decontaminate to the residents of the city, they have this victim mentality of “TEPCO should do it”, and they don’t cooperate readily.”
Date City is one of the areas that had rice over the government radiation limit. The ICRP are there experimenting with attempts to decontaminate fruit trees.
Of course people who had their land, homes and livelihoods damaged or destroyed by a massive nuclear accident courtesy of TEPCO may feel like victims because they are victims.
Expecting the people injured or who had damage inflicted upon them to clean up the mess made by TEPCO is ridiculous. There have been many examples in the media of local people volunteering to decontaminate a school or public area, frequently without proper safety gear. These people are potentially inflicting more health harm upon themselves while doing this. Then there is the irony of them volunteering to clean up the mess. Communities may see this as the quickest way to lower the risk at a school or other facility, but it certainly is not their obligation to clean up TEPCO’s mess for free.
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