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NRA Tells TEPCO To Reduce Radioactive Water In Reactor Buildings At Fukushima

NRA Tells TEPCO To Reduce Radioactive Water In Reactor Buildings At Fukushima

NRA has instructed TEPCO to deal with the radioactive water in the reactor building basements at Fukushima Daiichi. The request included reducing the radioactive contamination in the water and also the volume. The addition of more holding tanks was included in the request. NRA appears to be concerned with contaminated water leaking out of the reactor buildings or being flushed out by a tsunami at the plant. Current ground water levels around the reactor buildings had trended … Read entire article »

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Ex NRA Head Blasts Japan’s Nuclear Safety Screening

Ex NRA Head Blasts Japan’s Nuclear Safety Screening

Former regulator and seismologist Kunihiko Shimazaki blasted the current safety screening methods being used by Japan’s NRA. He cites that the current methods underestimate potential earthquake intensity near nuclear plants in Japan. The Kyushu earthquakes in April caused him to see new concerns with these methods in use. Shimazaki raised concerns about a number of nuclear plants in Kyushu but didn’t mention the Ikata plant specifically. This plant is one we identified as being quite close to … Read entire article »

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Chubu Power Wants To Restart Damaged Reactor

Chubu Power Wants To Restart Damaged Reactor

The Hamaoka nuclear plant sits near one of the most dangerous earthquake faults in Japan. If this wasn’t concerning enough, now they want to restart one of the reactor units that was flooded with seawater. The condenser at Hamaoka unit 5 failed allowing seawater into the reactor vessel. This put cracks in the reactor vessel that could impact the integrity. Of course pulling seawater into the reactor vessel also meant this unit leaked reactor water … Read entire article »

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Kyushu Earthquake Showed Japan’s Govt. Still Flounders With Truth

Kyushu Earthquake Showed Japan’s Govt. Still Flounders With Truth

There has been a bit of a shake up at Japan’s nuclear regulator, the NRA. The IAEA issued a report last week with a fairly scathing criticism of the new Japanese nuclear oversight program. In response Japan said it would double inspection staff and send some to the US for additional training. Currently Japanese inspectors receive two weeks of training, in the US they receive two years of training. IAEA also expressed concern that the current “improved” … Read entire article »

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Kyushu Earthquakes Expose Unaddressed Nuclear Reactor Risks

Kyushu Earthquakes Expose Unaddressed Nuclear Reactor Risks

The Kyushu region of Japan has been hit by a series of major earthquakes and aftershocks since late last week. The epicenter of most of these has been centered around Kumamoto, roughly 75 miles from the Sendai nuclear plant that is currently operating. Equipment at the plant that would force it to shut down due to an earthquake has not reached the maximum motion levels required to initiate that equipment. This safety feature is a … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Tritium Dumping Plan More Dangerous Than Advertised

Fukushima Tritium Dumping Plan More Dangerous Than Advertised

An Associated Press story made the rounds this week quoting various experts regarding potential tritium dumping at Fukushima Daiichi. Some of these expert statements are giving the public a misleading understanding of the situation and the risks. One statement by NRC head Shunichi Tanaka claimed that “Tritium is so weak in its radioactivity it won’t penetrate plastic wrapping,” This is a deceptive statement, though maybe not intentionally so by Tanaka. Tritium is a beta emitter and beta emitters are … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Curiously Avoids Prosecution On Contaminated Water Leak

TEPCO Curiously Avoids Prosecution On Contaminated Water Leak

A court case that went after TEPCO for causing a major contaminated water leak, part of which leaked to the sea, was dismissed last week. Prosecutors claimed there was no proof contaminated groundwater leaked to the Pacific. The water that did immediately reach the sea did so through the existing drainage canal systems at the plant. After Japan’s NRA slapped an INES disaster rating on the leak, TEPCO then took steps to control and monitor the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima; What Will The Future Be?

Fukushima; What Will The Future Be?

Many media reports tried to document the 5th anniversary of the 3-11 disaster. Some gave it superficial coverage. Others tried to grasp the situation. Some tried to erase the problems it had created. Few looked at what will happen over the next five years. Friday in Tokyo, the 187th nuclear protest rally was held. Friday protests have been ongoing since the disaster as the public tries to pressure the government to end the nuclear power program. … Read entire article »

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Takahama Reactor Fails Days After Restart

An issue in the turbine systems caused unit 4 at the Takahama nuclear plant in Japan to automatically shut down just days after it was allowed to restart. The same unit had a problem 9 days earlier when a pipe leak caused a problem. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2016 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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TEPCO And NRA Agree On Fukushima Frozen Wall Plan

TEPCO And NRA Agree On Fukushima Frozen Wall Plan

TEPCO and NRA have come to an agreement to being operation of the frozen wall. TEPCO wanted to freeze the land side first, NRA the seaside first. NRA’s concern was that TEPCO’s method could cause groundwater levels to drop too fast causing leaks of highly contaminated water from the reactor buildings. TEPCO said they would make adjustments to deal with dropping groundwater levels but the NRA plan could cause the opposite problem based on our research. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Frozen Wall Controversy Hits Stalemate

Fukushima Daiichi Frozen Wall Controversy Hits Stalemate

The NRA in Japan has put a stop to implementation of the frozen wall. Our ongoing reporting on the frozen wall can be found here. The work began in 2013 yet NRA did not raise concerns at that time that we were able to find. Work progressed since then with Kajima providing the construction and METI the financing as we reported back during the start of construction. Now NRA has deep concerns that the frozen wall … Read entire article »

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Shouganai Hits Fukushima Daiichi

Shouganai Hits Fukushima Daiichi

Shouganai has again hit Fukushima Daiichi. The notion that “it can’t be helped” was cited by NRA when confronted with yet another radioactive release to the ocean at the disaster site. The prefecture government demanded that NRA put limits on the radioactive contamination levels of rainwater being allowed to run out of the plant. NRA claimed that since there isn’t already a specific law to address that, they can do nothing. Recent rainwater leaks from the … Read entire article »

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Sakurajima Alert Raised To 5, Other Signs Of Possible Eruption

Sakurajima Alert Raised To 5, Other Signs Of Possible Eruption

UPDATE: Volcanic gas found bubbling up in the water 5km from the volcano. Image of the eruptions below from FNN. NHK is reporting that officials have raised the alert level around Sakurajima to level 5. They have urged those living near the two craters to evacuate. There were five volcanic earthquakes by 9am on the 19th, JST. They also observed swelling within the volcano. All of these are of course signs of concern but do happen … Read entire article »

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Japan NRA Begins Restart Checks On Reactor Under Court Injunction Not To Run

Japan NRA Begins Restart Checks On Reactor Under Court Injunction Not To Run

NRA is doing pre-restart inspections on Takahama unit 3, even after the potential restart of the reactor was blocked by a court injunction earlier this year. This comes a day after the NRA made a startling claim that they considered the nearby volcano to the Sendai nuclear plant to be of no concern even as it began erupting. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at … Read entire article »

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Japan First Restarted Reactor Now Under Volcano Threat

Japan First Restarted Reactor Now Under Volcano Threat

Scientists have tried to warn Japan’s NRA and other decision makers of the high risk for volcano danger to impact the Sendai nuclear plant. Just days after the nuclear plant was allowed to restart the nearby Sakurajima volcano has gone into a high level alert. People within 3km of the volcano have been told to evacuate. The nearby volcano has the potential to take out incoming power lines, block roads and foil machinery even far away … Read entire article »

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Sendai Prepares To Restart Amid Protests And Concerns

Sendai Prepares To Restart Amid Protests And Concerns

UPDATE: AP has reported that Sendai has restarted. One of the reactors at Sendai nuclear plant prepares to restart Tuesday morning. The process should take about a day as long as nothing goes wrong. About 2000 people protested outside the plant grounds on Sunday. Asahi Shimbun was the only media source to even mention the large protest in rural Kagoshima prefecture. We reported in our article, The Real Risks At Sendai, the evacuation problems near the plant. … Read entire article »

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Sendai Reactor May Restart August 10th

Sendai Reactor May Restart August 10th

NHK is reporting that Sendai nuclear plant may restart as early as August 10th. This also happens to be around the time of the Obon holiday season when many are on vacation. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2016 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Caught Lying About Fukushima Failed Hose Incident

TEPCO Caught Lying About Fukushima Failed Hose Incident

TEPCO was reprimanded by the NRA after being caught lying about the use of the now failed transfer hose at the plant. TEPCO told NRA it was being used to transfer waste water from the rainwater catchment system. TEPCO began also transferring highly radioactive water from unit 3′s turbine building into the same system. They never informed the regulator of this change. It was also discovered that TEPCO had been questioned previously about the hose run that … Read entire article »

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Japan Nuclear Safety: 4000 Falsified Safety Checks & Alarm Ignored For 1 Year

Japan Nuclear Safety: 4000 Falsified Safety Checks & Alarm Ignored For 1 Year

JAEA ignored an alarm on a radioactive liquid waste tank for a year, allowing the waste to leak. The incident happened at the materials testing reactor in Ibaraki. NRA called the JAEA dysfunctional. NRA also found that the Onagawa nuclear plant had over 4000 improper entries into inspection records at their #2 reactor. These included incorrect equipment information and even entries for equipment that didn’t exist. The company has not begun similar reviews for the … Read entire article »

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Multiple Safety Issues Being Ignored In Japan’s Nuclear Restart

Multiple Safety Issues Being Ignored In Japan’s Nuclear Restart

Multiple significant safety issues are being ignored while Japan appears to be rushing into a restart of their nuclear power plants. Evacuation plans are not approved or rejected by any government body yet the national government has had a hand in running evacuation drills. Each of these evacuation drills run has had major breakdowns and failures. One saw residents evacuated into the simulated radiation plume. The most recent one near the Shika nuclear plant found they … Read entire article »

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Japan Govt. Experts Expose Nuclear Plant Volcano Risk

Japan Govt. Experts Expose Nuclear Plant Volcano Risk

The response from the government picked volcano expert wasn’t kind. He made it very clear that the Sendai nuclear reactors are at risk from a number of nearby volcanoes and that the ideas concocted by the plant owners to combat a possible eruption are pure fantasy. Toshitsugu Fujii, a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo is the head of Japan’s panel on volcano risk. He is also a member of the NRA’s hastily assembled volcano … Read entire article »

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Sendai May Get Restart Approval, Who Has Potential To Restart

Sendai May Get Restart Approval, Who Has Potential To Restart

Japan’s NRA is expected to give restart approval for the Sendai nuclear plant this week. The reactors still would not restart before winter as a number of tasks still need to be completed including obtaining local consent. A volcano risk committee is still working through the risk factors to nuclear plants. Sendai is one of major concern with a nearby active volcano. Local governments remain skeptical about restarts. Local governments were mostly undecided or against restarts. Only 12% … Read entire article »

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KEPCO To Scrap 2 Reactors At Mihama Nuclear Plant

KEPCO To Scrap 2 Reactors At Mihama Nuclear Plant

Asahi Shimbun announced via the Facebook page that KEPCO would be decommissioning two of the three units at Mihama nuclear plant. The two oldest units are PWR reactors built in the late 1960′s. PWR units have been considered to have a higher potential to pass a restart review. Most older BWR reactors have been considered less likely to be considered for restart due to safety issues brought to light by the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Kyodo … Read entire article »

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Tsuruga #2 Reactor To Never Restart

Tsuruga #2 Reactor To Never Restart

Japan’s NRA declared that they would not revisit their ruling that the fault under the Tsuruga #2 reactor is active. Japanese law forbids the operation of any nuclear reactor if it sits above an active fault line. Due to this, Tsuruga #2 will not be allowed to restart. The fate of the #1 reactor remains undecided. Reactor #1 is planned for decommissioning in 2016 so it is unlikely they will apply for restart permission. This would leave … Read entire article »

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NRA Nuclear Plant Volcano Study Could Take Another Year

NRA Nuclear Plant Volcano Study Could Take Another Year

Without saying how this might impact the potential restart of the Sendai Nuclear Plant, NRA said it would take about a year to determine a plan for dealing with volcano risk. Current laws state that plants at risk from volcanos must take steps including removing nuclear fuel from the plant. We previously documented the known risks of volcanoes to nuclear plants. This includes not just lava flow risks but a considerable risk due to ash … Read entire article »

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NRA Volcano Review Of Nuclear Safety Abruptly Exposes Reality

NRA Volcano Review Of Nuclear Safety Abruptly Exposes Reality

NRA began their review of nuclear safety related to volcano’s this week. This would be considered a good thing for a country full of volcanoes. The first meeting exposed some inconvenient problems with the notion of nuclear power plants and volcanoes peacefully co-existing. “The Nuclear Regulation Authority, or NRA, guidelines require nuclear power plant operators to take specific actions if volcanic activity could affect operations. The actions include taking nuclear fuel out of the facilities.” TEPCO has been … Read entire article »

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Japan NRA To Create Panel To Explore Volcano Risks To Nuclear Plants

Japan NRA To Create Panel To Explore Volcano Risks To Nuclear Plants

Japan’s NRA has established a panel to investigate volcano risks to nuclear plants, on the heels of their claim that the volcano risk to the Sendai nuclear plant is “negligible”. While establishing the panel, the NRA also began to back peddle on their claims of safety against volcanos at Sendai. NRA later called the risk negligible “at the moment” and admitted they have not obtained enough knowledge about the volcano risk to nuclear plants in … Read entire article »

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Japan Moves Closer To Nuclear Restarts, But Who Decides?

Japan Moves Closer To Nuclear Restarts, But Who Decides?

Japan’s NRA gave an initial approval towards the Sendai nuclear plant meeting government “safety standards”. There are still other aspects of safety and equipment that NRA would need to approve but there is much more that would have to happen before any reactor was to restart operations. NRA also mentioned they are close to giving an approval to the Takahama nuclear plant. Part of these safety upgrades includes construction of a radiation resistant bunker building/command center … Read entire article »

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High Radiation Found On Seabed South Of Fukushima Daiichi

High Radiation Found On Seabed South Of Fukushima Daiichi

Contaminated soil on the sea floor was found a few kilometers south of Fukushima Daiichi. The samples were collected in late 2013 by NRA and found to have 2000 bq/kg of contamination. NRA cites that the currents run from north to south making contamination along the coast south of the plant likely. The same areas showed fairly low levels of contamination when the sea water itself has been tested. This adds to the concern that … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Ice Wall Gets Go Ahead

Fukushima Ice Wall Gets Go Ahead

The NRA in Japan has given the go ahead for installation of the ice wall around the reactor buildings. There were concerns about the wall causing land to subside in the reactor block area. NRA had asked for additional information. No details were given about what information was submitted in order to gain NRA’s approval. http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2014/05/292307.html This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2016 SimplyInfo.org, … Read entire article »

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NRA Makes Faulty Assumption About Fukushima Leaks

NRA Makes Faulty Assumption About Fukushima Leaks

A report issued this week by the NRA cites that two monitoring points outside the plant serve as indicators for leaks from the plant. “The sampling points T-1 and T-2-1 near Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station are sentinels to assess effects on the environment by incidents including a leakage of contaminated water” Sample point T-1 is near the northern drainage canal outlet and also the water outlet for units 5-6 when it was in operation. T-2-1 is towards the … Read entire article »

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The Real Risks At Sendai

The Real Risks At Sendai

The Sendai nuclear power plant located in Kagoshima Japan has been selected as the one Japanese authorities would focus on attempting to approve for restart. Sendai includes two PWR type reactors. Intakes reside at: 5ft above sea level Intake pump buildings 13 feet above sea level Reactor blocks at about 35-40 ft above sea level Road routes are problematic at the plant. The plant is bordered by a large river to the north, the sea to the … Read entire article »

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ALPS Still Not Meeting Targets, Operation Date Uncertain

ALPS Still Not Meeting Targets, Operation Date Uncertain

NRA is saying that ALPS is still not meeting the radiation removal targets claimed for the system. A problem with the removal of radioactive iodine is still unsolved. A target date for full operation is still not being set due to the setbacks. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/science/news/20140114-OYT1T01083.htm?from=tw   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2016 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under … Read entire article »

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NRA Releases New Radiation Zone Maps

NRA Releases New Radiation Zone Maps

The NRA has released new radiation “fly over” maps. The newest scans were done in September of 2013. They showed a slight reduction in the highest level zones. This is likely due to the decrease in shorter lived radiation like cesium 134 and migration of contamination by natural processes. NRA cited the more recent changes in the shape of the highest zones was due to more detailed scanning flights. Read the report here: http://www.nsr.go.jp/english/library/data/special-report_0114.pdf   This article would … Read entire article »

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NRA Japan Saves The US West Coast And The Rest Of The World

NRA Japan Saves The US West Coast And The Rest Of The World

NRA demanded that TEPCO drop test waste canisters to be used to hold highly radioactive sludge from the ALPS processing system. They also stopped TEPCO from operating ALPS months ago and demanded they test the system first. The systems are all still in various phases of testing due to a string of failures. Had NRA not stepped in TEPCO would have had ALPS in an attempt at full operation with now known flaws and have … Read entire article »

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NRA Suspends Fuel Removal At Unit 4 Fukushima For Two Weeks

NRA Suspends Fuel Removal At Unit 4 Fukushima For Two Weeks

Kyodo News is reporting that the NRA is suspending the start of fuel removal from unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi in order to do more tests. This could delay the start of fuel removal by up to 2 weeks. Part of the additional testing includes a dry run of moving a fuel cask from a spent fuel pool to the common pool. NRA cited using another reactor to do the test run. This would likely … Read entire article »

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NRA Demands TEPCO Fix Problems, Send Staff From Other Plants To Fukushima

NRA Demands TEPCO Fix Problems, Send Staff From Other Plants To Fukushima

The NRA had nothing good to say to TEPCO president Hirose today. In a rather scathing rebuke of the company, Katsuhiko Ikeda of the NRA blamed TEPCO for making “rudimentary mistakes” and said management is deteriorating. The NRA told Hirose to submit a report within a week explaining how they will fix the situation. They told Hirose to bring staff from other nuclear plants including Kashiwazaki Kariwa if needed to gain control of the situation. Ikeda also … Read entire article »

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NRA; TEPCO Is Incompetent, Fukushima & Kashiwazaki Kariwa Restart Joined At The Hip

NRA; TEPCO Is Incompetent, Fukushima & Kashiwazaki Kariwa Restart Joined At The Hip

Japan’s nuclear regulator had scathing criticism of TEPCO at their meeting today. They also stated that the handling of the mess at Fukushima Daiichi would impact the company’s ability to gain restart approval at Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant. “Commissioner Kayoko Nakamura said she was surprised that TEPCO made the application for the safety screening. She said she does not think TEPCO has sufficient knowledge of radioactive materials, in apparent reference to the company’s handling of the situation … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Has Filed A Restart Application For Kashiwazaki Kariwa With The NRA

TEPCO Has Filed A Restart Application For Kashiwazaki Kariwa With The NRA

Newsflash on 47 News below. Safety review application TEPCO Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant of TEPCO, has applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission safety review aimed at re-operation of Units 6 and 7 Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant. 2013/09/27 09:41 [Kyodo News] http://www.47news.jp/news/flashnews/   image credit blues-tea-cha.blogspot.com This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2016 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that … Read entire article »

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NRA: TEPCO Reckless, Failed To Keep Records Amid New Leaks

NRA officials accused TEPCO of being reckless in relation to the discovery of highly radioactive water leaks at the plant. “Fundamentally, for a facility holding that kind of radioactive water, they did not take action that foresaw the risks of possible leaks,” Fuketa said. “On top of that, and this is an impression I had before my visit, I can’t help but say that the inspections were careless.” “Tokyo Electric, which has long had problems with documentation, did not keep proper records of its tank inspections and therefore missed problems, Fuketa said.” This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2016 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If … Read entire article »

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