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Friday, 29 March 2013

TEPCO takes blame for Fukushima nuclear crisis


TEPCO takes blame for Fukushima nuclear crisisThe No. 1 and No. 2 reactors of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are seen in this December 2012 photo. AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye
The utility that operates Japan’s crippled atomic plant said Friday that it deserves most of the blame for the country’s nuclear crisis, in its strongest remarks about its own shortcomings.
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) acknowledged in a report that it was not adequately prepared to deal with the massive earthquake and tsunami that ravaged northeastern Japan in March 2011. The twin disasters cut power at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, causing meltdowns at three reactors. Massive radiation leaks contaminated air, water and soil around the plant, forcing about 160,000 residents to evacuate.
“Our safety culture, skills and ability were all insufficient,” TEPCO President Naomi Hirose told a news conference. “We must humbly accept our failure to prevent the accident, which we should have avoided by using our wisdom and human resources to be better prepared.”
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Bit late now really.......
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