Greenpeace wants nuclear plant suppliers held accountable for Fukushima crisis

Kyodo

The international environmental group Greenpeace launched an online campaign Tuesday saying nuclear power plant manufacturers should be held accountable for the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

Greenpeace wants Japan’s law on compensation for nuclear damage to be revised so that the companies who designed and built the reactors pay as well.

Currently, compensation is being paid by Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the Fukushima plant that has been crippled since the massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

Greenpeace said only India, Russia and South Korea have legislation under which nuclear plant suppliers are held liable in the event of a disaster.

The environmental group is calling for a system that does not allow the nuclear industry to evade responsibility for compensating the public for disasters.

“The Fukushima disaster exposes the shameful defects in a system that only requires nuclear operators to pay a fraction of the costs of a disaster and does not require suppliers of reactors to pay anything,” Aslihan Tumer, Greenpeace International nuclear campaigner, said in a press release dated Tuesday.

“It is not fair that the nuclear industry benefits while the public is left to pay the heavy price for its failures,” Tumer said.

  • Guest

    “Fair”, of course, has nothing to do with it. Maintaining profit levels does.
    The Fukushima reactors exploded and cracked because the Company attempted to “save” their investment by NOT using sea water initially, as the sea water would have rendered the reactors permanently inoperable.
    The sheer stupidity of placing the “backup” generators in a basement, however, is the design flaw that clinched the demise of the site and the Company. And, that is attributable to the manufacturer. But it is also attributable to the operator for not having protected those basements against Nature.
    In the end, such as the American’s GM, it is always the citizens that must pay the price for the stupidity of those more arrogant than ourselves.

  • Jack

    I agree and so do millions of Japanese tax payers.