The challenge: name one, even one, nuclear incident where what was known at the time was admitted at the time.
- Windscale (1959): No.
- Santa Susanna (1959): Came out in 1999.
- Three Mile Island(1979): Sorry.
- Chenobyl(1986): To laugh, right?
- THTR(1986): nuh-uh.
- AVR(1988): No dice.
- Tokaimura(1999): Nah.
- Fukushima(2011): No, and keep watching. Some Friday we’ll see a little tiny blurb on page 4 about how soon they actually knew how bad it was.
In fact, it’s usually years to decades later that the public finds out what was known at the time of the incident.
When the minimizing is this consistent, then all we know from an announcement is what the incident is worse than.