TEPCO establishes third-party panel to improve nuclear safety and corporate management

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After being the subject of multiple critical reports from investigation panels probing the Fukushima nuclear disaster, TEPCO announced that it had commissioned a third-party panel to improve transparency, nuclear safety, and corporate management.

Members of the panel include Dale Klein, a former chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and lawyer Masafumi Sakurai, who was on the Diet panel. TEPCO officials recently admitted to a committee of the National Academies that in hindsight, the tsunami protection measures at Fukushima Daiichi were inadequate.  “In hindsight, if we were able to return to 2002 … we would have taken different actions,” Tepco manager Shin Takizawa said.

Last week, Naomi Hirose, the president of Tokyo Electric said that the March 11th disaster has eaten away all of the funds which otherwise would’ve been used to further develop alternative energy sources, and that the company is focused on continuing to operate nuclear power plants.  Meanwhile, at Fukushima Daiichi, high radiation levels on-site at Fukushima Daiichi are still restricting efforts to remove debris, and especially hindering efforts around the Reactor 3 building.

Source: NHK

Source: The Daily Yomiuri

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