From 1986 to 2000 and according to a UNICEF report, 350,400 people were evacuated around the Chernobyl plant. Approximately 120,000 people were evacuated from the area around the Fukushima Daiichi plant. For the same area, we are talking about an evacuation within the Belgian territory ranging from 120.000 to 1.304.000 inhabitants. Such a prospect is not very appealing and certainly impossible to organize. Finally, it should be noted that the 120,000 inhabitants concerned by the lowest call for evacuation does not take into account the population of the countries in which these plants are located (France and the Netherlands). And as exile knows no borders …
To make us slowly accept the worst
To read the mass media talking about nuclear power is to grasp the whole imagination of a society that transforms into sacred what is only an arbitrary choice, and thus extracts from the realm of thought certain matters that it considers indisputable. Thus, nuclear power is a fact, the waste it produces being from then on like snow in front of one’s door, something natural that must be solved, if necessary by » burying it in deep clay » (Le Soir, March 21, 2015). The past certainties savagely overturned by the facts do not extinguish the new truths fed by the illusion of techno-scientism that offers perfect control: » It is the most distant plant from Tokyo (Sendai, whose reactor was restarted in August 2015 ed.) It is also the plant least likely to be exposed to the same conditions as Fukushima. It is located in a non-seismic area, as far as there are non-seismic areas in Japan (Sic) » (Le Soir, August 11, 2015). The consensual thinking of the media never helps us to resolve this contradiction: nuclear power carries the risk of extinction for humanity while being presented as economically indispensable for certain countries. The peddlers of this thought cannot do so because they are caught up in their logic which, in Japan or elsewhere, sees the solution only in the continuation of the same and the impossibility of thinking about change: » For Tokyo, the only way out is the revival of nuclear power. For you too! Accidents, even if they do not say so, is therefore the acceptable risk, which is reflected in their title: » Environment: Belgium insufficiently prepared for an accident Nuclear: More iodine is needed » (Le Soir, March 11, 2015). The problem is not the risk of accident, the problem is just the unpreparedness when it happens .…
A ULB researcher, interviewed in Le Soir
» A report showed that the Fukushima accident was due to human error. This defeats the argument of the anti-nuclear people who say that Japan is not a safe country for nuclear power « .
Ah, okay, that’s fine then. These imperfect humans should be replaced by robots!
» In addition, following the shutdown of the power plants, the government advised people to reduce the use of air conditioning. This is good for the environment but not for the comfort of people in a country where it can be very hot in summer. With the revival of the power plants, people could use air conditioning again, which could play into the hands of nuclear power. Finally, the Japanese are extremely sensitive to the environment but they are not advocates of radicalism or fundamental environmental change « .
Nuclear power for air conditioning! The absurd has no limits.
Le Soir, August 11, 2015.
* Estimates based on figures published by the FPS Finance in 2011. The 20 and 30 km zones take into account each of the districts affected by these zones. The 10km zones are the official data provided by the federal authorities and are from 2013.