(11-08-2012, 08:27 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote: They and Japanese freelanceers face censorship and discrimination, was my point.
Foreign reporters also describe strict controls over photography through the entire process, concerns that have been echoed by Japanese freelancers.
"Sigh", you keep making me read and analyze things...
1. The reactors are currently down to room temperature.
2. Claims of dangerous radioactivity in Hawaii or California are simply wrong.
3. Cesium 131 is an exponential radioactive poison and you need high levels to cause harm, unlike Iodine 131 which is linear and harm ramps with the dose.
4. Reactor 4 has some issues with the spent fuel pool that need addressing.
5. Except for a plume shaped area most of the exclusion zone is safe. I'd eat any of the cattle wandering around the area.
6. There seems to be a constant Cesium level offshore so they should really get the reactors mothballed as soon as possible.
7. The Tsunami killed 15,861 people. The casualties from the Fukushima plant are projected to be about 0.6% (0.006) of the total casualties. Many of the 15,861 died for more blameworthy reasons than Fukushima Dai-ichi
8. Dai-ichi is #1, Dai-ni or #2 the other facility is preparing to spin up reactors 3 & 4 and is has mostly completed some minor work on 1 & 2.
9. It isn't clear if reactors 5 & 6 will be put back online after the mothballing.
Now the purpose of the reporters is to agitate against nuclear power and portray massive public sentiment against nuclear power, with the hopes of shutting down nuclear power plants. This is wrong headed and unwise, but we will skip that for the moment. It is not in TEPCO's interest to aid and abet these reporters.
TEPCO is on the clock. Some of their workers are getting significant doses and unnecessary exposure delays the work and causes staffing problems. They really are trying to bring this to a close and mothball the reactors as expeditiously as possible. Allowing weekly tours of the facility with cameras and analysis gear so reporters can prick the Japanese conscious and keep it in the news is somewhere between delusional and insane.
TEPCO has been as public and cooperative as they can while staying focused on the task at hand.
Having said that - I don't know why they won't let the independents have cameras. As long as the independents agree to stay with the tour and keep up there is no real reason they shouldn't have some equipment and cameras. The staff that do decontamination aren't critical to the reactor shutdown effort.
If I was paranoid or suspicious I would say that there is something that TEPCO doesn't want the independents to video. But since TEPCO is an honest public utility I am going to assume it is for logistical reasons.