Government panel issues Fukushima accident report (READ WHAT THEY DID NOT REPORT IN THE VIDEO ABOUT FUKUSHIMA DAINI (NOT DAIICHI - DAINI)
A government panel investigating the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant says the operator of the plant lacked a sense of crisis and imagination for possible tsunami. It says Tokyo Electric Power Company should realize that Japan is prone to natural disasters and change its attitude toward disaster-preparedness.
The panel of government-appointed experts submitted its final report on Monday.
The report criticized the way the utility handled the accident at the Daiichi plant.
It compared the Daiichi plant with another nearby plant, the Fukushima Daini plant, which avoided a nuclear accident although its reactors were also hit by tsunami.
It says workers at the Daini plant kept monitoring the pressure and temperature of the reactor containment vessels, and prepared for alternative ways to inject water.
The panel also examined whether it was appropriate for the Prime Minister at the time, Naoto Kan, to discuss with TEPCO officials whether to inject seawater into the reactors to prevent them from reaching criticality again.
It determined that the government should not have intervened in the matter before the power company had made a decision.
The report also points out that TEPCO had urged a government taskforce on earthquake research to change its wording about a powerful earthquake that hit northeastern Japan 1,100 years ago.
TEPCO said the report could be interpreted as meaning the area was regularly hit by strong earthquakes.
The report says the utility's lack of a sense of crisis was one of the main reasons behind the accident.
The panel is urging the government to continue its probe. It says the cause of the accident has not been fully disclosed.
Apart from the government, private-sector experts and the Diet have also released their own reports on the nuclear accident.
Jul. 23, 2012 - Updated 04:49 UTC (13:49 JST)
No usual edits today, still playing catch up. I thought it was important to recap the "final report" !
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