Environmental group Greenpeace applauded the decision.
“Greenpeace welcomes Prime Minister Kan’s request to close Hamaoka, one of the most dangerous nuclear reactors in Japan,” said Junichi Sato, Greenpeace Japan Executive Director. “This is the first time a prime minister has directly requested a nuclear plant in Japan be closed, however, it cannot be the last.”
The control room at Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4 (Photo: National Geographic News)
CleanEnergy.org is reporting today:
The handling of the disaster has prompted public backlash directed toward the Japanese government. A highly criticized decision to raise radioactiveexposure doses for children to the amount allowed for nuclear workers (20 millisieverts per year) has caused an international outcry. This would mean that school children could be exposed to 20 times more radiation than the amount previously permissible. A special radiation expert advising the government on the issue recently quit, saying the new standards are “inexcusable.”
Time Magazine has further information on this development.
Additional recent information on this still unfolding disaster can be found at:
The Fukushima Update (this is available as an RSS feed)
CNN has four very well done video reports on the disaster here
- Japanese prime minister wants nuclear plant shut down – CNN (news.google.com)
- Japanese prime minister wants nuclear plant shut down (cnn.com)
- Japan to halt 3 nuke reactors over quake concerns (seattletimes.nwsource.com)