TEPCO’s comment on Fukushima

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) had this to say about Fukushima:

Our deepest sorrows go to those people and their families who are suffering from the Tohoku-Chihou-Taiheiyo-Oki Earthquake and tsunami that struck our nation on March 11th.

Furthermore, I deeply apologize for the distress and inconvenience to those residing in the surrounding areas of the power station, Fukushima Prefecture as well as broader society due to the extensive damage our facilities sustained at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and the rolling blackouts. We had little choice but to implement such measures on account of the tight supply-demand balance of electricity.

To cope with this unprecedented situation, the TEPCO group has developed and announced its “Plans for Immediate Business Operations & Streamlining Objectives”. We are working around the clock to bring the incident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station under control and provide care and compensation to all those afflicted in addition to securing a stable supply of electricity for the summertime. To ensure smooth implementation, our present asset and organizational structure will be streamlined down to only those entities deemed essential to the supply of electricity.

May 2011
The Tokyo Electric Power Company, Incorporated
Masataka Shimizu



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One response to “TEPCO’s comment on Fukushima

  1. Phanindra May 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

    The NHK video is a fairly good basic expnolatian of the workings of a boiling water reactor (BWR) and the failures of the cooling systems. Not mentioned are the fuel rod storage pools (currently of greater concern) or the inherent design flaws of these General Electric BWR designs. These BWRs were comparatively cheap to manufacture, but they rely on all components being manufactured to exceedingly high standards, that all safety systems are periodically and vigorously tested, and that coolant pipes would never break. They also rely on hydraulic pistons to push the control rods upwards and against gravity into the core, rather than using electromagnets to hold the control rods above the core such that in the event of a power failure the control rods would simply drop back down into the core due to gravity.I disagree with fELKER’s remarks. TEPCO’s upper management knows exactly what is going on with each of the reactors, but they refuse to be forthcoming to the media and even to Japan’s president. This is typical corporate behavior when upper management knows that their jobs are on the line. Their response is to lie by not telling the entire truth and to simply hope for the best.

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