Japan, TEPCO 'ignored' nuke risk
- Published: 23 Jul 2012 at 13.48
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Japanese authorities and Tokyo Electric Power ignored the risk of an atomic accident because they believed in the "myth of nuclear safety", a government-backed report on the Fukushima crisis said Monday.
This photo, taken by Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), shows workers removing fresh nuclear fuel from the spent fuel pool of the Unit 4 nuclear reactor building at TEPCO's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture. Japanese and TEPCO officials ignored the risks of an atomic accident because they believed in the "myth of nuclear safety", a report on crisis said.
The study, compiled by a panel of scholars, journalists, lawyers and engineers, also said officials were poorly trained to deal with the crisis after the plant's reactors went into meltdown last year.
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