Brazil Creates Technical Group to Monitor Nuclear Crisis in Japan

Por Dialogo
março 21, 2011

Thank you for the solidarity, but Haiti is nearer to us. In view of Japan’s nuclear crisis which is a product of the state of the thermal nuclear plant, it is prudent to review all of the protocols in order to see if all of these plants are in condition to withstand an earthquake like the one Japan had and if possible to recover the outer shell as a preventative measure to protect people from the radiation that could escape from these plants.
The Brazilian government decided on 15 March to create a multi-sector group that will monitor the nuclear crisis in Japan and may conduct a review of the country’s atomic security protocols, if appropriate, Science and Technology Minister Aloizio Mercadante announced.

Mercadante made the announcement following a meeting with representatives of the National Nuclear Energy Commission (CNEN), the Brazilian Physics Research Center, and the engineering department of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

The objective is “to monitor events daily, as they happen, with regard to the situation at the Fukushima power plant,” severely damaged by the earthquake on 11 March and the impact of a tsunami shortly afterward, Mercadante explained.

The Brazilian minister did not rule out the possibility that on the basis of their analysis of the episode, the experts may suggest modifications to the safety plans and protocols at the Angra I and II nuclear power plants – already in operation – and the future Angra III.

“The Japanese case must end with a series of new protocols. Brazil will adopt the necessary measures to guarantee the safety of the population,” he said. “We have no problem taking another look at practices, protocols, or policies in order to maintain the safety of our power plants,” he added.

Up to now, he affirmed, no problems have been recorded at the Angra I and II power plants. “In all these years, decades of functioning, it’s been demonstrated that they are completely safe,” he affirmed.

In addition to Angra I and II, the Defense Ministry is coordinating work, about which information is restricted, to develop a nuclear-powered submarine, the hull of which Brazil has already purchased from France.

After a devastating earthquake and tsunami, a series of severe problems have affected the Fukushima 1 plant, 1,250 km northeast of Tokyo, since 11 March.
Since then, reactors 1, 2, and 3 have been affected by an explosion each, as has reactor 4, despite the fact that it was shut down for maintenance at the time of the earthquake.