Government alleges TEPCO of ignorance of accident risks

Government alleges TEPCO of ignorance of accident risks

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Doubts were raised in to the Fukushima Nuclear crisis in an government appointed inquiry on July 23, 2012, whether the other nuclear plants were prepared for the massive disasters despite new safety rules. An assessment of the regulators and the station’s operator was delivered.

This is the second report of the disaster this month and it could be seized upon by Japan’s increasingly vociferous anti-nuclear movement after the restart of two reactors as the government readies a new energy policy due out next month. A 40 page report was submitted.

The report said, “The fundamental problem lies in the fact that utilities, including TEPCO, and the government have failed to see the danger as reality as they were bound by a myth of nuclear safety and the notion that severe accidents do not happen at nuclear plants in our country”. The panel even suggested that the post Fukushima safety steps taken at the nuclear steps might not be enough to cope with the big and complex catastrophe caused by human as well as natural causes.

Japan is already considered as a disaster prone nation which is vulnerable to tsunami, earthquakes and volcanoes. Prime Minister Yoshiko Noda’s decision to restart the Kansai Electric Power Co’s two reactors this month has faced protests from more than 100,000 who took the streets of Tokyo.