NYTimes: Tepco “has worked vigilantly to shut out close scrutiny of the ravaged plant’s condition”

Published: June 21st, 2012 at 12:03 am ET


Tepco, Operator of Fukushima, Exonerates Itself in Report
New York Times
June 20, 2012

The much vilified operator of the tsunami-hit nuclear power plant at Fukushima released a report on Wednesday that said the company never hid information, never underplayed the extent of fuel meltdown and certainly never considered abandoning the ravaged site.


Over the last year, new details of the disaster have emerged that build a picture of an organization that ignored or concealed that its reactors might be vulnerable to quakes and tsunamis, used its close links with regulators and nuclear experts to hijack nuclear policy and — since the accident — has worked vigilantly to shut out close scrutiny of the ravaged plant’s condition.


Critics were skeptical. “The report is too full of excuses,” said Masako Sawai of the Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center, an anti-nuclear policy group.

“If we don’t get to the bottom of this accident, how can we prevent future ones?” she asked.


Published: June 21st, 2012 at 12:03 am ET


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43 comments to NYTimes: Tepco “has worked vigilantly to shut out close scrutiny of the ravaged plant’s condition”

  • charlie3

    Yeah, but the NYT and colleagues haven;t done much to investigate and demand answers from TEPCO and our governments, either.
    I'm unimpressed by just about everyone's fukushima behavior except for the community here.

    • robertsgt40

      Yep LMAO. NYT has done a bangup job covering the fallout landing on US(not to mention radioactive tuna in Calif). Zip on the STUXNET virus that has screwed up the Seimen's controlers.

  • Sickputer

    It is so easy to throw Tepco under the bus and yes they deserve all of it. But the other nuclear powers would do exactly the same subterfuge and have been caught at it many times. It was just the luck of the draw that Japan rolled snake eyes in the crap shoot they call a safe industry.

  • Max1 Max1

    You know the adage:
    "If you have nothing to hide…"

  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    Nuclear power cannot be handled properly. The official policy of all nuclear companies and agencies; Its 'extend and pretend'.

  • Anyone in Hawaii want to "get some facts" or provide some point blank questions. If I go, this will get interesting. Speaker runs Indian Point…a bastion of safe practices, ha!

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    Plaza Club 20th floor, Pioneer Plaza Building
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    no later than NOON on Wednesday before the meeting.
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    • ocifferdave

      If you go, maybe we enenewsers can come up with some short but potent questions for you to ask on our behalf. If this guy is pro nuke, well it would sure be nice to pwn a troll face to face.

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        officerdave! Good to see you – you were missed by all!! If you go, you could spoil your lovely anti-nuke t-shirt you ordered at night (will never forget that one) 🙂

    • hanaloa hanaloa

      @stock@hawaii.rr.com: thanks for the heads up, but if RSVP deadline was yesterday at noon, itʻs already moot.

  • OK: Said company Tepco: 1.never hid information,& never underplayed the extent of fuel meltdown and 2. certainly never considered abandoning the ravaged site.

    1.never hid information,& never underplayed the extent of fuel meltdown (maybe it just took until may to figure it out)…
    TEPCO now admits that three Fukushima reactors have melted, large holes present in containment vessels
    Page added on May 30, 2011


    3.Certainly never considered abandoning the ravaged site…

    Former Tokyo Police Chief: Tepco wanted to withdraw from Fukushima Daini, not only Daiichi


    Simply google: "Tepco Admits" for a complete timeline of all missing information gaps… /never hid information

    Where is the reactor 4 explosion footage?
    Where is the security cams from the 50+ cams on site?
    Where is the fuel now?
    Where is all the missing drone videos?
    What is the black substance being found all over japan?

    • Btw I have sent my tsunami samples to the lab today…

      I Will be posting the results asap.

      • patb2009

        TG love to see your results. I suspect the cesium is high in them

        • Whoopie Whoopie

          X10 🙂

        • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

          dunno….I'd be happiest if nothing at all could be found

          • richard richard

            I'm with you b&b, that would be the best result.

            In fact, I'd be willing to bet that there will be nothing found, above normal levels.

            There is a high chance that most material of debris is unaffected by radiation.

            But this stuff will be coming in for years, so whatever is the case today could very well change over time.

  • GeoHarvey

    This isn't a report of findings of an investigation – it is evidence of continued wrongdoing.

  • dosdos dosdos

    Modern journalism: accept the PR handout, print it verbatim, claim to be diligently doing their job as journalists.

    • "Margaret Harding wins ANS Special Award

      American Nuclear Society member Margaret Harding won the ANS Special Award for excellence in media and communications for her work following the earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, Japan, on March 11, 2011.

      “This award symbolizes Margaret’s dedication, both behind and in front of the television cameras, to combating FUD—Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. We in the nuclear science community all thank her for her leadership and for shining the light of science during the dark days of misinformation following Fukushima.”

      Harding has 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry. She spent many of those years at GE Nuclear Energy, departing as vice president-Engineering Quality.

      “Margaret’s efforts were decisive in dispelling myths about nuclear science and technology for the media, decision makers, and the general public.”

      “She responded to over 400 media inquiries to help members of the media understand reports from the field in Japan and to separate broadcasts based on fact from those echoing unfounded speculation,”

      *Yes, Margaret, thanks ever so much for the FUD* /sarc


      Also: 2012 ANS Annual Meeting
      "Nuclear Science and Technology: Managing the Global Impact of Economic and Natural Events"
      Chicago, IL
      Hyatt Regency Chicago, June 24-28, 2012 http://www.new.ans.org/meetings/m_78

  • richard richard

    "Blah blah .. How do we prevent further accidents?" – well, doh, you shut them all down and stop mining uranium. Simple.

  • omniversling

    repeaters, not reporters…

  • patb2009

    This report is best used as a leveling chock for a couch.

  • voltscommissar

    NYT: "…jitters were reinforced on Wednesday after an alarm went off at one of those two reactors warning of falling water levels in a cooling tank for its power generator. But later checks revealed no leaks and the restart is proceeding as planned…"

    Someone remind me……was it the China Syndrome fiction or the TMI reality (or both) where faulty level gauges, faulty valve actuators, etc misled control room operators and played a key role in the meltdowns? NPPs are dangerous all the time, but Ooi has faulty level gauges, "misleading" alarms, has not been stress tested, and yet the restart "must proceed" under orders of the government.

    That really is cause for alarm!! Nobody in the control room can trust the readouts on the gauges, but we'll restart the damn thing anyway.

    "Fan-bloody-tastic" as we say in Australia 🙁

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    If Tepco “has worked vigilantly to shut out close scrutiny of the ravaged plant’s condition,” the NYTimes has done an equally vigilant job of shutting out close scrutiny of the effects of Fukushima on us, our children, the world.

    For example, there were 15,000…fifteen thousand…new temperature records in the MONTH of March 2012, alone. If you think that has nothing to do with Fukushima, I have a bridge to sell you.


    • Sam Sam

      Mushrooms bio-accumulate large amounts of
      radiation. I would never advise anyone to grow
      their own or buy them. If you have to eat them
      source them right now from the Southern
      Hemisphere. Do not eat the shitake from
      Japan. It upsets me to see a posting saying
      "Time to get ready….. get educated please
      before you post more misleading information.

      • NoNukes NoNukes

        Great to see you, Sam. More and more, I find myself wanting to own an aqueduct in Paraguay.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Hi NoNukes, am considering Paraguay, Uruguay, or Argentina myself. Argentina having serious currency issues right now. Maybe the elites are trying to devalue properties and assets there so they can seize more of the S. American assets?

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Hi Sam, great, thanks.

        There's a really good YouTube video showing how to raise them indoors. The woman doing the growing (commercial operation) is in the U.S. or Canada and grows Shitakes, among other varieties.

        Did you see the info. posted here on "Six ways to save the world using fungi" or a title something like that? I think it was posted by one of us in a link (by Bread & Butter?) Great info. on a mycologist in Washington State who has made all kinds of amazing discoveries about fungi and mycelium.

        If more posted, will be at Forum area.