In an interesting contrast to what we have heard from other parties involved in the Fukushima disaster, the SDF general in charge shares his insight on the early days of the disaster.
In contrast to TEPCO’s lie to the public strategy and the central government’s run around in a panic strategy, the SDF seemed to handle the disaster in a focused manner. General Miyajima addressed the risks involved and possible worst case scenario. The SDF and the fire departments that were joined to the SDF for the disaster seemed to know what was going on and acted quickly without the hindrance of keeping up appearances as both TEPCO and the central government seemed to focus on.
Miyajima mentions that the only related training to handle a nuclear disaster came from their anti-terrorism training. They were not regularly trained to respond to a nuclear disaster. This raises the question of who in Japan or elsewhere in the world outside of plant staff is trained to respond to a major nuclear disaster. If there is a major disaster there will be more than plant staff required to regain control.
Miyajima points to the nuclear safety myth as the cause of there being no training system or official response system in place for a nuclear disaster in Japan. The SDF had no specific directive to train for and respond to nuclear disasters. As was seen at Chernobyl, the military was conscripted to help deal with the nuclear disaster without any actual training or knowledge of reactors. Even the new NRC directives on safety do not address the true human response required of a major disaster.
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