TEPCO Continues To Thumb Nose At Japanese Government

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The House of Representatives special science committee and NISA have requested four times that TEPCO submit copies of their emergency manuals, one for accidents, another for severe accidents. TEPCO had previously submitted procedural manuals that had been blacked out to the point they were unreadable. Then on Monday they submitted 3 pages of a requested manual consisting of a cover sheet and an index page of the manual with all but 2 lines blacked out. TEPCO they took back the copies at the end of the meeting.

TEPCO’s ongoing claim is that the manuals contain “intellectual property”.  METI/NISA has the legal authority to order TEPCO to submit the manuals in full, the committee has asked METI to do such.

The pure arrogance of TEPCO in the face of such an epic disaster is apparent in this statement by a TEPCO representative “These manuals are entirely internal documents pertaining to the operation of the reactors. They are not for general publication.”  The committee is not claiming the intent to publicly publish these documents, they need them for their investigation of the accident.

A TEPCO representative made this statement to the media “The issue here is the protection of nuclear materials, and our intellectual property rights.”

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