Final report criticises weak Fukushima response ABC Australia

Final report criticises weak Fukushima response
Updated 23 July 2012, 18:50 AEST

A Japanese government report into the Fukushima meltdowns has criticised the nuclear plant operator’s response to the disaster as weak.

It is the fourth and final report into the Fukushima meltdowns, which last year sent clouds of radiation over a wide area and forced tens of thousands of people from their homes.

The report found plant operator TEPCO mishandled its response to the crisis and says its disaster measures were full of holes.

It also found TEPCO was ill-prepared to deal with a nuclear accident and its employees were not trained to think flexibly.

“Preparedness for a large-scale complex disaster was insufficient; and they were unprepared for the release of a large amount of radioactive materials into the environment caused by a containment failure,” the 450-page report said.

Nuclear regulators were found to be complacent and obsessed with what the report called the groundless safety myth of nuclear power.

“The fundamental problem lies in the fact that utilities, including TEPCO, and the government have failed to see the danger as reality as they were bound by a myth of nuclear safety and the notion that severe accidents do not happen at nuclear plants in our country,” it said.

Then-prime minister Naoto Kan was also slated, with the report saying his response caused confusion and did more harm than good.

The study was completed by a government-appointed panel including scholars, journalists, lawyers and engineers.

It calls for investigations into the disaster to continue.

But like the previous three reports into the disaster, it does not recommend charges against any of those involved.


Time for a bit of review of what so-called nuclear experts said in March 2011 about the situation in Japan. And to compare those statements with reality.

One Response to “Final report criticises weak Fukushima response ABC Australia”

  1. CaptD Says:

    RE: Final report criticizes

    More N☢N News because the nuclear FIX is in and the Japanese people are now wise to PM Noda and the entire Utility GANG…

    That is why the Anti Nuclear protests are growing daily!

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