|Tepco Executives are still under fire for late, erroneous and |
obfuscating press and scientific report releases
Contaminated water had been confirmed leaking into the ocean every time it rained since
TEPCO started monitoring the radioactive levels in drainage systems in April 2014.
When leaks of contaminated water into the plant’s harbor first came into light in summer 2013, the utility pledged to promptly report the radiation levels whenever it obtained monitoring data.
But workers at the plant had not been informed of the policy nor were they assigned specific tasks related to the policy.
The panel’s report concluded that TEPCO showed a tendency to prioritize responding to recurrent troubles at the plant over actually implementing effective countermeasures.
“There is an organizational culture at the company for officials to avoid clarifying where responsibility lies and implementing planned countermeasures,” the report said.
After its shoddy record of reporting information on radiation levels drew fire, TEPCO retraced past data and made it available to the public. It has disclosed all monitoring data on radioactive materials at the plant since Aug. 20
Source: Asahi Shimbun.