Saturday, November 26, 2011

Who "Owns" Radioactive Waste?

from the November 24th Asahi Shimbun:
During court proceedings concerning a radioactive golf course, Tokyo Electric Power Co. stunned lawyers by saying the utility was not responsible for decontamination because it no longer "owned" the radioactive substances.
“Radioactive materials (such as cesium) that scattered and fell from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant belong to individual landowners there, not TEPCO,” the utility said.
You can read the rest of the article here.

TEPCO's position is as ridiculous as Chichikov's in Nikolai Gogol's Dead Souls.


  1. I assume Tepco have top-notch lawyers, so they may be legally right about this. Morally, however, they don't have a leg to stand on.

  2. Yes, the moral rot is what stinks.