A task force organized by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to look into the Fukushima Daiichi clean-up situation has included a recommendation to reorganize utility operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO). They are proposing the set-up of a separate unit within the company that will oversee the decommissioning of the three nuclear reactors that suffered a meltdown during the 2011 disaster and the clean-up of the toxic water used to cool down the reactors.
Sources say the panel will be presenting their findings and recommendations to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as early as next week. Another option for the proposed unit is to make it a separate entity from the company or to make it a government-affiliated independent administrative agency. But the general recommendation is for “creating a clear and realistic organisation” to take charge of the Fukushima situation, which has been experiencing many failures and gaffes over the past two years since the meltdown, considered to be the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.
For months, suggestions have been going around to reorganize and even to shut down TEPCO since it has been obviously struggling to keep up with the numerous problems facing the crippled plant as it is already behind the decontamination process and is already preparing to remove the fuel rods from the damaged reactors. The government will be compiling measures and recommendations about the situation until mid-November to be able to clarify to what extent they will be taking on in trying to solve the crisis. As of the moment, the special tax for reconstruction will not be enough to cover the expected increase in the cleanup costs. There are proposals to increase the public burden, but the Finance Ministry wants to put the spending burden on higher electricity rates, which of course will also involve public spending.
[ via Yahoo ]