Japan’s nuclear watchdog, the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), announced yesterday that it will conduct its own probe into the Fukushima crisis that took place in 2011 in order to find answers to issues that have no clear explanations. The NRA said that it will start towards the end of April and will likely run for decades because there are still many areas of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that are in terrible conditions. The complex itself is said to undergo a cleanup process that could span at least 40 years.
While many have conducted their own investigations in the plant, there is still an uncertainty as to what actually triggered the meltdowns. There are experts who insist that it was actually the earthquake and not the tsunami that caused the biggest nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. Tetsuo Omura, a regulator in charge of reactor safety, said, “We have conflicting views, particularly about how the earthquake had impacted key safeguard equipment, a key question that needs to be addressed.” The investigation will also delve into other issues, which includes the amount of radiation and the specific area where it leaked in the plant.
Meanwhile, a panel of 40 experts from universities and research institutes issued an interim report yesterday regarding the 2011 accident at the Fukushima power plant. The report highlighted the lack of proper preparation and inadequate safety measures in the plant that could have avoided the massive devastation. But like other reports, it has not discussed anything about the cause of the meltdown beyond what have already been established.