reply to post by Silverlok
I'm not exactly laughing at this either. "Comedy of errors" is a figure of speech, not an allusion to humorous content.
Fukushima uncovered a myriad of problems with regulation in Japan, of which you provided an excellent example in your next post. The actions of TEPCO
are so irresponsible that there is no punishment that can even come close to satisfying their debt to society. However, the harshest devastation is on
the isle of Japan, the same isle where the corruption was allowed to flourish. While there will probably be some detectable amounts of radiation to
enter, say, US borders, the amount will be minor. The cure for pollution is dilution.
I am a firm believer in strict regulation of any nuclear power plant, as I believe I have alluded to earlier. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
is the US version of that regulation, and they do a pretty good job of ensuring that nuclear plants are built and operated to strict codes of design
and conduct. The nuclear power industry in the US runs scared of these governmental bulldogs, and with good reason. They have no qualms about closing
a plant on the slightest safety concern if they feel it is warranted.
In short, Fukushima could not happen here. The designs are far safer, regulations are in place and are enforced tightly, and collusion between
government and nuclear power plants does not exist. I have seen attempts to get Congressional members to intervene with the NRC; it was a mistake, as
all that happened is the NRC decided maybe someone had something to hide and they wanted to know what.
Contrast that with TEPCO... they paid off government officials, had free reign to operate as they saw fit, were able to cover up radiation leaks, and
regularly endangered the lives of their workers to keep the truth of their operations from being revealed.
I'm not really sure what else you want me to say? Should TEPCO be punished? YES! TEPCO should be dissolved, their assets liquidated to pay for
international cleanup and entombment of their mess, and everyone in management who knew anything about the violations happening should be jailed and
their asserts seized and added to the pile. It still will not be enough to adequately compensate for the damage they did, but it would be a start and
a deterrent to anyone else who wishes to act so recklessly.
But on an international stage, how do we enforce regulations on sovereign nations? That is the real issue. No nation is willing to give up their
privacy and sovereignty to an agency of international regulation, regardless of the reason.