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TEPCO Safety Management at Nuclear Plants Described as Lax

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Amid the heroic efforst of workers fighting the crisis at the crippled Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant, reports are emerging about the shoddy safety management of plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.


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LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday March 28, 2011, 3:10 am
In life & death matters such as nuclear plants, there is NO EXCUSE for laxism!
The life of people and the earth itself is at risk.
Look at all the heartbreaking tragedy this has caused.
It reminds me of the Gulf of Mexico oil gush disaster we had in the US, where the constructors & operators of the oil rig were clearly at fault.

I don't know if the following info has made the news elsewhere, but in France, we've heard that Turkey has plans for the construction of 2 nuclear power plants by none other than TEPCO!

Fragile Earth: "Turkey to go ahead on nuclear despite Japan" : Turkey doesn't mind it's sitting on major fault lines... to build 2 nuclear power plants

And who might build one of those two? Tepco, of course.

Turkey will press ahead with plans for two nuclear plants, including one that may use Japanese technology, despite Japan's crisis and its own tendency to quakes, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Monday.

Turkish energy officials have been in talks with Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) and Toshiba on building a nuclear power plant on its Black Sea coast. The government has already agreed with Russia's Rosatom to build its first plant on the Mediterranean.

One on the coast of the Black Sea and one on the coast of the Mediterranean... Very near the fault line (image)

Remember those earthquakes in Turkey...

Earthquake of Antioch in 526 : 250 000 dead
Earthquake of Izmit in 1999 : 17 000 dead
Earthquake of Erzincan in 1939 : 160 000 dead

Now let's hope Tepco and Rosatom do a good job and that Turkey isn't hit by a big earthquake...

Because considering how the Turkish government acts when an earthquake happens (very poorly) we don't want to see what would happen if a Japanese-type scenario occurred in Turkey.

In fact, I've just checked & there have been two posts on this: Greenpeace: Quake-Prone Turkey Should Drop Nuclear

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday March 28, 2011, 6:24 am
Thanks for the star!

I posted this after making my comment above: Stand With Japan - 160 Vigils Across the US Planned for Today, March 28th! : Nor is the choice of March 28th fortuitous - Today, March 28, is the 32nd anniversary of the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown in Pennsylvania.

Carol H (229)
Monday March 28, 2011, 8:49 am
noted, thanks Naoko

Douglas K (134)
Monday March 28, 2011, 9:49 am
No nukes! The voters of Japan ought to prohibit all nukes immediatement if not sooner! Germany has done this! Wings of the butterfly and all that, by example.

Dianna M (16)
Monday March 28, 2011, 3:10 pm
I keep hearing how "safe" nuclear power is. Even if that's true, even if it CAN be done safely, how safe can it be when companies cut corners to save money?

Fred Krohn (34)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 8:59 am
I learned my nuclear ops and safety in the military. I can testify that the way the USA Navy runs its submarine and carrier plants is safe; this is not always true in commercial facilities as the Pennsylvania TMI casualty shows. Improvements in safety controls would help; the Fukushima Daiichi problem was that the earthquake prompted a shutdown, then the tsunami damaged the auxiliary cooling facilities while the plant was still generating decay heat. The plant, designed to survive a Richter 8 quake or less, took a hit from both a Richter 9 quake and an attendant tsunami. Nature and safety shortcuts in tandem.
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