Japan: TEPCO unprepared for Fukushima accident – Panel
Laaska News Sept. 28,2011
A government panel says Tokyo Electric Power Company was unprepared for the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and failed to take steps to minimize the damage.
The panel investigating the accident held its third meeting on Tuesday. It met behind closed doors, saying that allowing media access would negatively affect its interviews with the plant’s staff.
Panel leader Yotaro Hatamura told reporters after the meeting that they are looking into whether Tokyo Electric was ready to protect the plant from tsunami and other severe accidents.
Hatamura said the company could have taken more effective steps after the March 11th tsunami if it had come up with ways to minimize the damage.
He added that the panel will further investigate why the utility was unable to contain the damage from the accident.
The panel is scheduled to release an interim report on its probe at the end of the year.