It’s not a normal day if there isn’t another Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) issue and today’s news is guaranteed to make your blood boil again, much like the steam emanating from Fukushima Daiichi plant. TEPCO officials will be admitting in their first quarterly report due on Friday that they have mismanaged the situation once again at the crippled nuclear plant.
The report is part of their in-house reform plan, created to review and change the company’s safety consciousness and accident response systems, that was drafted March this year and is required for their progress assessment. It will show that TEPCO has failed to come up or even consider measures to contain the 2 tons of radioactive water in the underground utility at the plant. And now, that contaminated water has been leaking into the sea, as they admitted earlier this week. Just over a year ago, they disclosed a detailed analysis of the radioactive water in their nuclear accident report. But there was no mention of any measures or countermeasures in the event of a leakage.
The report will also include an admission about their lack of willingness to disclose the high density of radiation in the groundwater in observation wells. They did not reveal the findings immediately after receiving it, only after the data and responses have been received and compiled, and only when they had been found out. The report will acknowledge that they have sloppy risk management and that their concept of public safety is different from that of the common person.
Now, all these admissions are good, but what will come out of this? From past experience with TEPCO ever since the nuclear meltdown of 2011, they admit wrongdoing when they’re almost caught red-handed and then apologize and promise to do better. But then a few weeks later, you would find out another thing for which they’re culpable, and the cycle just repeats itself. What’s next TEPCO?
[ via NHK ]