New report criticizes TEPCO over Fukushima nuclear crisis
A TEPCO worker explains the situation at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, February 28, 2012.
July 23rd, 2012
04:16 AM ET

New report criticizes TEPCO over Fukushima nuclear crisis

A Japanese government report Monday heaped fresh criticism on the operator of the nuclear power plant where a disastrous accident was set off last year by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the country.

The measures taken by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the plant operator, and the Japanese nuclear regulator to prepare for disasters were "insufficient," the report by a government-formed panel of investigators said, and the response to the crisis was "inadequate."

The crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant spewed radiation and displaced tens of thousands of residents from the surrounding area in the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine.

Even now, more than one year after the disaster began, TEPCO doesn't seem to be making much effort to clearly investigate the causes of the accident at the plant, the 10-member panel, led by Tokyo University engineering professor Yotaro Hatamura, said in the report Monday.

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  1. drap™

    No offense TEPCO... . but the result of this might be the fastest olympian of all time... .

    July 23, 2012 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |

    One of most deliberately understated and under reported ongoing d
    disasters of our time.
    One of most interesting aspects, is that over 200,000 people were removed. and hardly a peep out of them, when in this country 20,000 lawyets would be constantly in news filing large lawsuits.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Even *I* know the cause: a devestating earthquake and the resulting tsunami...

    All I know is I would not want to be living in Japan right now; I have a feeling that no amount of safety measures would be enough to have endured such a weather one-two punch.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |

    While the eartquake damaged the nuke plants and the tsunami damaged somewhat the capability to reciev e fresh water it was the incompetance of the employer and employees that exacerbated the dangers.
    Poor training and lax safety monitoring practices, along with poor and illegal ways of storage gor both dpent and replacement rods, and a management, with government inspectors and political elites, to continue to first try amd hide the criminal neglect, that alowed so many people to face an uncertainn future.
    The ecological damage to fish and sea wildlife continues unto today.
    The nuclear power industry is worldwide and is boyh economicly and politicly powerfull cabal and the disregard to himan life in order to smother criticism of industry that darn few of public trust plays a part in how ourown people were kept in dark on whole issue.

    July 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pete

    I worked for years in many nukes nationwide and nothing could prepare you for what they got,quit fooling yourselves because you don't know,I do..Nukes aren't built to take the tremendous power from a 40 wave,just a 20 footer just right can overturn most ships,ask any captain.That's why they face a giant wave head on,if by the side suddenly they'd go over for sure

    July 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pete

    Also most of their pumps and backup generators are kept out side ,away from the radioactivity of the containment vessels..They're easy for maintenence that way and can be reached without shutting down the units which is more efficent in most cases..This is a case of a once a hundred year event ,something no one here will ever hear of or experience again,just a fluk of nature,but must be studied because it could happen somehere else on earth like San Onofre on the California coast and also on a fault line,just one thats could be next,just wait!!

    July 23, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Joey Isotta-Fraschini, I'm thinking of you, wherever you are, dearheart.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Karina Anderson

    I think the people of the world are being blinded by tepco... This company is trying to hide the true severity of the incident, and has been since second 1. They don't want the world to know how truly deadly this situation could turn- what if one of the reactor buildings failed and fell? Then the world would be more screwed than it is now. What I mean is that the economy of the world is going to suffer, people will suffer due to radiation- initiated diseases/ illnesses, and the ecosystem will be messed up for centuries just like freaking Chernobyl, just maybe worse...

    August 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |