Title: Japan: Why the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant’s Cleanup Is Faltering
Author: Bryan Walsh
Date: May 01, 2013
Honestly, if the consequences weren’t potentially so dire, the ongoing struggles to clean up the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northern Japan would be the stuff of comedy. [...] I’m not sure things could be much worse if Wile E. Coyote were TEPCO’s CEO.
But it’s not funny, not really, because the consequences of the meltdown and TEPCO’s mismanagement are very real. [...] More than two years after the tsunami, TEPCO is still racing against time — and just barely staying ahead.
[...] the fact that the company is still running the Fukushima cleanup seems like a worse idea with each passing day.
[...] As the groundwater debacle demonstrates, TEPCO has been making things up as it goes along since the beginning — and the Japanese government has let them.
[...] And while Japan is unique, collusion between the tightly closed nuclear industry and the government elsewhere isn’t.
More from Time’s Bryan Walsh: Time.com: Fukushima dangers "may not be as grave as we first feared" -- Only 10 people surveyed had high levels of radiation, says study -- Only 10% of Chernobyl release
Published: May 1st, 2013 at 11:54 am ET