Alleged plan to pull No. 1 plant workers returns to haunt Tepco
By KAZUAKI NAGATA
May 31, 2012
A Diet panel investigating the causes of the nuclear crisis recently interviewed key politicians who responded to the early stage of the emergency, bringing a long-unanswered question back into the spotlight: Did Tokyo Electric Power Co. really want to pull all of its workers out of the Fukushima No. 1 power plant?
Kiyoshi Kurokawa, a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo who chairs the panel, said it may seize internal Tepco documents to investigate this critical question.
According to an interim report compiled by this panel in December, Masao Yoshida, then the chief director of the No. 1 plant, considered evacuating most of the workers late on the night of March 14.
Yoshida worried that melted fuel could soon penetrate the containment vessel and massive amounts of radioactive materials would be released into the outside environment.
Published: May 31st, 2012 at 2:36 am ET
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