TEPCO denies Fukushima cover up
ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
June 27, 2012
Japanese power company TEPCO has been accused of lying and incompetence in the handling of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. In a 350-page report the company denies ever hiding information, blames the government for confusion and delays, and rejects suggestions it ever downplayed the seriousness of the meltdowns.
Shareholders have turned out in record numbers to a meeting of TEPCO, with protesters expressing anger and frustration with the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Anger against the company has intensified, after it released an in-house report into the disaster, in which it denies ever hiding information and blames the Japanese Government for confusion and delays.
Tamotsu Baba, the mayor of Namie, has told the ABC’s AM that claim is a lie.
“TEPCO’s report says that on the 13th of March their employees visited our offices to explain the situation,” he said.
“We were never visited by anyone from TEPCO. Nor was the situation explained to us.
“I feel they are liars. TEPCO’s report makes me angry.”
Namie Mayor Tamotsu Baba, believes TEPCO’s report is a whitewash.
“I feel the report is about protecting the company,” he said.
“They are trying to exonerate themselves. I have nothing but doubts about this report.”
Published: June 27th, 2012 at 2:20 am ET