TOKYO (majirox news) — About 70% of local governments sending officials into the 30-kilometer zone around the radiation leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have no management system related to the radiation exposure, according to a Mainichi newspaper report on Aug. 21.
In contrast, organizations under central government control that sent officials into the area all had a system in place.
Local governments – the Fukushima Prefectural government and 11 municipalities in the vicinity of the radiation-leaking plant – have been sending officials in to work in the area with high levels of radiation without defense, according to the survey the Mainichi conducted jointly with Prof. Ken Takahashi of the University of Occupational and Environmental Health.
“Vulnerabilities in the health and safety management of local government officials are exposed (by the findings),” Takahashi said. “A fundamental revision is needed.”
Only two of the 12 local governments keep lists of workers entering the 30-kilometer zone to calculate exposure levels as opposed to 11 of the 12 bodies under central government control.
And only a single local government was aware of complete external radiation levels, four were partially aware and the remaining seven said they had no idea at all. Of the 12 central government organizations, eight had complete awareness of external radiation levels and the other four had at least partial awareness. Only two local governments were managing or taking countermeasures against internal radiation compared to nine of the 12 central government bodies.