Saturday, March 26, 2011

#Fukushima I Nuke Plant: It was Reactor 2, Not 1, That Had High Radiation Puddle, Says TEPCO

Yesterday I posted that TEPCO admitted it had known about the water "puddle" in the Reactor 1 turbine building was highly radioactive (10,000 times the normal cooling water), 6 days before the hapless subcontractor workers stepped into the contaminated water in the Reactor 3 turbine building.

Well that was their morning press conference on March 26 their time. In the afternoon press conference, they changed their story, and now they say it was the Reactor 2 that had highly radioactive contaminated water "puddle" (which is actually 1 meter deep.)

TEPCO blames the mistake on a mix-up in communication between its Fukushima Office and the plant.

(Source: Asahi Shinbun (in Japanese, 10:38PM JST 3/26/2011)

The government's mouthpiece Edano is indignant that TEPCO didn't tell the Prime Minister's Office about it. In his press conference on March 26, he said (Yomiuri Shinbun, 3/26/2011 in Japanese):

"There was no report to the Prime Minister's Office [from TEPCO that it had known about the contaminated water in the turbine room]. In order to alleviate fear and mistrust from the citizens, we will further instruct [TEPCO] sternly to release information properly. Unless [TEPCO] reports all information [to the Prime Minister's Office] in an accurate and timely manner, the government cannot give appropriate directives [to deal with the problem]."

It's beyond funny. It's really, very sad. That he and his boss continue to think they can "sternly instruct" TEPCO and "give directives" as to what to do and how to do it.

They are just a bunch of pols, who need to be briefed extensively each time they go in front of the camera to pretend as if they know something. Who do they think they're kidding?

Sadly, I know the answer. They're kidding the Japanese people. They couldn't care less if they are the laughing stock outside Japan.


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