Japan orders TEPCO to install backup power sources at Fukushima Daiichi

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After the power outage at Fukushima Daiichi this week that took over 29 hours to restore, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suge, confirmed at a press conference Thusrday, that Japan’s government had ordered TEPCO to install multiple additional backup power sources to critical cooling and safety systems at the crippled nuclear power plant.

Suge also said that the government instructed TEPCO to improve its risk management and implement other additional efforts as quickly as possible, as the public confidence in the safety of the plant had been greatly damaged.  TEPCO had been criticized for a three hour delay in reporting the outage to local and national authorities.

It was also reported that of the 14.9 billion yen the Environment Ministry demanded TEPCO to pay for costs related to decontamination work since the March 11th nuclear disaster, the utility has thus far failed to pay 10.5 billion yen.  In February of this year, the Environment Ministry sent TEPCO a written notice about the late payment.  TEPCO refused to comment on the matter.

Source: NHK

Source: JiJi Press

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