Some may call it ironic coming from him and his company, but Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) President Naomi Hirose had some pretty strong opinions about nuclear safety, which he shared with British newspaper The Guardian. He said the lessons they learned from the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant and its subsequent ongoing clean-up should serve as a warning to the world that nuclear energy is not fully safe.
Be “prepared for the worst” are his words of advice to the British nuclear industry. He believes that if TEPCO had adopted small measures and had been more prepared for eventualities, the meltdown, considered one of the worst nuclear accidents of recent times, could have been avoided altogether. “Try to examine all the possibilities, no matter how small they are, and don’t think any single counter-measure is foolproof. Think about all different kinds of small counter-measures, not just one big solution. There’s not one single answer,” Hirose said. No matter what the industry says, he says that nuclear will never be 100% safe and that those who run plants should always think of countermeasures for the smallest possibilities and always think of “what if” scenarios.
He admits that all the different problems facing the Fukushima plant now, including radiated water leakage, contamination issues and delays to the decontamination process, are the company’s fault. He says that when he took over as president in 2012, all their investigations and reports show that they could have and should have avoided the “catastrophic accident.” Now they are willing to share their experience with other nuclear operators around the world to avoid any similar incident elsewhere.
[ via Telegraph ]