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British government officials approached nuclear companies to draw up a co-ordinated public relations strategy to play down the Fukushima nuclear accident just two days after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and before the extent of the radiation leak was known.
Internal emails seen by the Guardian show how the business and energy departments worked closely behind the scenes with the multinational companies EDF Energy, Areva and Westinghouse to try to ensure the accident did not derail ...
"Radiation released has been controlled – the reactor has been protected," said the BIS official, whose name has been blacked out. "It is all part of the safety systems to control and manage a situation like this." www.guardian.co.uk...
This has the potential to set the nuclear industry back globally," wrote one official at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), whose name has been redacted. "We need to ensure the anti-nuclear chaps and chapesses do not gain ground on this. We need to occupy the territory and hold it. We really need to show the safety of nuclear."
Officials stressed the importance of preventing the incident from undermining public support for nuclear power.
"This has the potential to set the nuclear industry back globally," wrote one official at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), whose name has been redacted. "We need to ensure the anti-nuclear chaps and chapesses do not gain ground on this. We need to occupy the territory and hold it. We really need to show the safety of nuclear."
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released more than 80 emails sent in the weeks after Fukushima in response to requests under freedom of information legislation. They also show:
• Westinghouse said reported remarks on the cost of new nuclear power stations by the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, were "unhelpful and a little premature".
• The company admitted its new reactor, AP1000, "was not designed for earthquakes [of] the magnitude of the earthquake in Japan", and would need to be modified for seismic areas such as Japan and California.
• The head of the DECC's office for nuclear development, Mark Higson, asked EDF to welcome the expected announcement of a safety review by the energy secretary, Chris Huhne, and added: "Not sure if EDF unilaterally asking for a review is wise. Might set off a bidding war."
• EDF promised to be "sensitive" to how remediation work at a UK nuclear site "might be seen in the light of events in Japan".
• It also requested that ministers did not delay approval for a new radioactive waste store at the Sizewell nuclear site in Suffolk, but accepting there was a "potential risk of judicial review".
• The BIS warned it needed "a good industry response showing the safety of nuclear – otherwise it could have adverse consequences on the market".
Originally posted by mr-lizard
--- Makes you wonder who controls the flow of information that we are 'allowed' to know?
Originally posted by Bixxi3
OP: good to see that there cover is getting some media attention and since its the guardian loads of people will see it maybe some people will open there eyes now?
Originally posted by Vitchilo
Because I know some of my family would say that ``they didn't lie... they just didn't know the true extent of the crisis``... RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT.
Originally posted by brommas
reply to post by burntheships
I have just written to my M.P about this, to try and ge tit raised in parliament, i doubt it will see the light of day, but we shall see.
Just proves that they are all at it, no matter which government we are talking about, about time that we kicked all these parasites into oblivion, put them onto the unemployment lines that they create, and put some normal people in and see how they do!, cant be any worse than it is now.
Internal emails seen by Guardian show PR campaign was launched to protect UK nuclear plans after tsunami in Japan
Originally posted by Xcathdra
reply to post by burntheships
I dont think their intent was to downplay what happened. I think their intent was to try to seperate what happened in Japan from what needs and safety factors present in the UK. The very begingin of your atticle states that -
With regard to the nuclear events in Japan. I have been watching over the wkend (sic). We need to work together on this and have very strong coordinated messages. There is risk here that this event could impact on the global industry. We need to ensure the anti-nuclear chaps and chapessess do not gain ground on this. We need to occupy the territory and hold it....
...From web searches I can see anti-nuclear people across Europe have wasted no time of blurring this all into Chernobyl and the works.
We need to get into context – show that events in Japan – whilst looking dramatic are all part of the safety processes of this 1960s reactor. We also need to pull out the additional safety of Gen III. Robert's interview on Friday where he talked about Gen III meaning what goes on inside the reactor stays inside the reactor should come to the fore
Should also highlight and show that his is what has happened even with the 1960s reactor in Japan, radiation released has been controlled – the reactor has been protected. We really need to show the safety of nuclear. We need to quash any stories trying to compare this to Chernobyl – by using the facts to discredit.