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  •  TEPCO worker conditions improving (7+ / 0-)

    And it's only been two months...


    Starting soon, workers will be served fresh food packed in bento lunchboxes, a significant improvement on their current diet of pouch-packed food, bread and instant noodles, supplemented by vegetable juice. In the immediate aftermath of the March 11 disasters, problems in getting meals to the site meant workers subsisted on crackers and freeze-dried food.

    Living quarters also will improve. Freeing the workers from sleeping bags and simple mats laid out on a floor, Tepco will bring in bunk beds for 240 people to the gym at the nearby Fukushima Daini nuclear plant that serves as temporary housing quarters for many workers. After mid-May, shower stalls will be also set up in the gym, and at another sleeping facility nearby.

    In subsequent weeks, prefabricated homes will be built to house the workers.


    •  gee. good of them, huh? (3+ / 0-)
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      peraspera, mahakali overdrive, rja

      bunk beds and bento boxes... AND THEY CAN TAKE SHOWERS! Go Tepco.

      Sorry state of affairs that their 'generous' nature is so utterly substandand from basepoint.

      GOD, these poor, poor people!

      •  Priorities (0+ / 0-)

        You seem somewhat narked that the workers at the site aren't already being supplied with decent food and accomodation on the Fukushima site by TEPCO. I would remind you that it is a disaster area and the priority has been to supply the site with equipment and materials required to cool down the reactors and spent fuel pools and stop radiation leaking into the surrounding area and the sea as much as possible. The comfort of the workers comes some way down the priority list from those essential objectives.

         Now that the radiation levels are falling and some limited control of the reactors and spent fuel pools has been achieved it looks like the operations planners can start putting in more permanent facilities for the workers there; after all there are going to be thousands of them for the next few years even after the reactors are brought to cold shutdown to do the other things necessary to alleviate the mess that the plant and surrounding areas are in.

        •  Neither TEPCO nor the government (5+ / 0-)

          has demonstrated the capability and/or willingness to provide even minimal safety equipment, hygienic living quarters and food to the workers who are directly dealing with the crisis. This is a known recipe for workers making tragic errors in judgment that can not only affect their own safety but the stability of the plant.

          There is zero excuse for not planning for minimally adequate working conditions for those engaged in an emergency response in a nuclear crisis in advance. Absolutely none.

          The government and TEPCO has proven themselves to be fools twice by not having done a minimal amount of planning in advance and by not being able to do the simple task of providing minimally adequate working conditions for emergency response workers in anything approaching a timely manner. The international nuclear brain trust has joined the parade of fools by being unable to advise TEPCO and the Japanese government how to do so.

          Being an apologist for this type of grossly incompetent, foolhardy emergency response does no one any favors.

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