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TEPCO admits failing to used guidelines on meltdowns

February 24, 2016


TEPCO admits initial assessments of Fukushima meltdowns were wrong



Staff Report

Tokyo Electric Power Co. admitted Wednesday its staff at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant had guidelines on how to determine that a nuclear reactor is melting down, but that operators failed to use them as the disaster unfolded in March 2011.

The implication is that if operators knew this checklist existed they could have triggered a response more appropriate to what turned out to be one of the world’s worst disasters in the history of nuclear power.

The company’s admission is an acknowledgment that its initial assessments at the site were wrong.

The disaster began on March 11, 2011, but continues today in the shape of vast quantities of radioactive water building up at the site. Moreover, three reactor cores are filled with hot, melted fuel and may be untouchable for years.

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