Mon Apr 8, 2013, 02:46 PM
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Accident investigators say Japan nuclear safety plans too lax for crowded, quake-prone nation
Source: Associated Press
Experts who investigated Japan's nuclear crisis said Monday that a watchdog's oversight of the crippled plant's operator is still too lax, amid renewed public fear over a recent spate of safety problems.
But the investigators said the Nuclear Regulation Authority is only rubber-stamping TEPCO's work at the plant that still runs on makeshift equipment.
Nine of the investigators testified at a lower house nuclear committee Monday for the first time since releasing their findings in July. The report called the March 2011 disaster "manmade," and blamed regulator-operator collusion and botched crisis management. The NRA started in September as a more independent, tougher regulator.
TEPCO admitted Sunday it had dismissed earlier signs of water loss as a margin of error and waited until a spike in radiation levels around the tanks was detected. Critics suspect cash-strapped TEPCO built poorly designed underground pits instead of safer and more manageable steel tanks to save money. TEPCO is also criticized for delaying upgrades of makeshift equipment, raising suspicions whether the plant is really under control.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/04/08/accident-investigators-say-japan-nuclear-safety-plans-too-lax-for-crowded-quake/
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Mon Apr 8, 2013, 02:54 PM
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1. Tepco pressured to halt leaks, blackouts at Fukushima plant
Tepco pressured to halt leaks, blackouts at Fukushima plant
Apr 9, 2013
Tokyo Electric Power Co. came under increasing pressure from the government Monday to address recent water leaks and power outages at the meltdown-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant as nine experts who investigated the crisis said the new watchdog’s oversight was still too lax.
“If these kinds of incidents continue to occur, the very process of decommissioning the reactors could be affected,” industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi told Tepco President Naomi Hirose at a meeting.
Motegi said the public is “greatly” concerned about the situation and ordered Tepco to take steps to ensure the radioactive water leaking from two of its seven giant storage pits won’t end up in the Pacific Ocean, which Tepco has been polluting on and off for the past two years since the March 2011 quake and tsunami.
The Nuclear Regulation Authority summoned Tepco Executive Vice President Zengo Aizawa the same day over the leaking pools.