(Subscription Only) Title: TEPCO shows Fukushima footage leading to tainted water release
Source: Kyodo News
Date: Dec. 1, 2012
TEPCO shows Fukushima footage leading to tainted water release
Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the crisis-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant, disclosed Friday additional video recordings of its in-house teleconferences in the early phase of the 2011 disaster, showing tense exchanges between its employees prior to the controversial release of radioactive water into the sea.
A part of about 336 hours of the footage, recorded between March 16 and 23 and March 30 and April 6, 2011, uncovered the difficulties faced by TEPCO to deal with tainted water building up in the basements of the No. 5 and No. 6 reactors.
Former chief of the plant Masao Yoshida told the head office in Tokyo on April 4 that there would not be enough time to make tanks to store radioactive water. [...]
Among the 336 hours of new footage include scenes from the morning of April 2, 2011, in which TEPCO confirmed leaks of high-level radioactive waters into the sea from Unit 2 after it had experienced a core meltdown. “We have confirmed a worst situation. Water containing extremely high levels of radiation are flowing into the sea,” Masao Yoshida, then manager of the plant, says in the footage.
Published: November 30th, 2012 at 12:57 pm ET