Monday, 29 February 2016

#FUKUSHIMA 3 *CHARGED* #MELTDOWN NOT-NOTIFIED #TEPCO



"Three former executives of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have been indicted for allegedly failing to take measures to prevent the nuclear disaster caused by massive tsunami waves striking the complex in 2011, local media reported.
The three top officials of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) were indicted on charges of professional negligence resulting in death and injury, the Kyodo news agency reported on Monday. The officials are Tsunehisa Katsumata, 75, who was chairman of TEPCO in 2011, and two former vice presidents, Sakae Muto, 65; and Ichiro Takekuro, 69, the report added.
Earlier this week, TEPCO admitted that its staff should have reported the meltdowns almost immediately, stressing that the employees had failed to follow damage assessment guidelines.
TEPCO staff knew just days after the disaster that 55 percent of the fuel rod assemblies of Reactor No. 1, and 25 percent of those at Reactor No. 3, were “damaged,” based on the detected levels of radiation, TEPCO spokeswoman Yukako Handa told the Japan Times.
However, instead of making the situation public, TEPCO refused to use the word “meltdown” for about two months following the disaster and promptly removed a PR representative who had stated that a “meltdown of a reactor’s core”might have taken place at the facility."
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