Sunday, March 20, 2011
OSAKA, Japan – Days before Japan plunged into an atomic crisis after a giant earthquake and tsunami knocked out power at the ageing Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator had admitted faking repair records.
The revelation raises fresh questions about both Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)’s scandal-tainted past and the government’s perceived soft regulation of a key industry.
The operator of the Fukushima No. 1 plant submitted a report to the country’s nuclear watchdog ten days before the quake hit on March 11, admitting it had failed to inspect 33 pieces of equipment in its six reactors there.
A power board distributing electricity to a reactor’s temperature control valves was not examined for 11 years, and inspectors faked records, pretending to make thorough inspections when in fact they were only cursory, TEPCO said.
This article was posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 8:30 am