Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) announced on Tuesday that they have sought the assistance of nuclear expert Lake Barrett, who will serve as an adviser on how to deal with the ongoing Fukushima nuclear plant situation. The defunct nuclear facility has raised concerns following the confirmation of TEPCO that one of its storage tanks leaked 300 tons of radioactive water. The utility company was also questioned for not immediately asking for foreign assistance following the disaster.
Barrett served as a former director of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission at the Three Mile Island plant in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. An independent energy consultant, he also served as an acting director of the Office of Civilian Nuclear Waste Management at the U.S. Department of Energy. A graduate of Mechanical Engineer with a master’s degree in Mechanical/Nuclear Engineering at the University of Connecticut, he was sought to provide advice on how to decommission the Fukushima Daiichi reactors and contain the leaking radioactive water at the plant.
The Tokyo-based electric company will hold a meeting this Friday, which Barrett will also attend, in order to discuss measures to take for the clean-up of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. In addition to Barrett’s nuclear expertise, he also played a role in the management of the partial meltdown of Three Mile Island’s unit 2 reactor in 1979. This experience is expected to be crucial for the Fukushima clean-up effort.