The utility that owns the Fukushima nuclear plant has admitted that it failed to take proper safety measures that could have prevented the meltdowns triggered by the tragic earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011.
The tsunami knocked out emergency generators that powered the cooling system at the Fukushima-Daiichi reactors, causing three of them to melt down.
Word after word indicts the company's own readiness for a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami of the sort known to occur in the region. TEPCO reveals that it was worried preventative measures would have drawn unwanted attention from the anti-nuclear movement and from litigators.
One bullet point notes that TEPCO "feared that if tsunami risk studies were disclosed that it would lead to immediate plant shutdown." Another notes that "if new severe accident measures were implemented, it could spread concern...that there is a problem with safety of current plants."
Likewise, it notes that "there was a concern of litigation risks if giving admission that severe accident measures were necessary," and that taking those measures would "add momentum to anti-nuclear movements."
The report also condemns TEPCO's accident response effort, noting it suffered from "confusion" and "a lack of engineers."
TEPCO vows to overhaul its management culture in order to avoid future accidents. "Pride and overconfidence in the traditional safety culture and measure has been discarded and we are resolved to reform of management culture," the report states. "We are changing our previous to thinking about safety starting at its basic foundation as we seek out the opinions of experts both inside and outside of Japan." (Note - quotes are verbatim from the report).