Tokyo Electric Power Co. is making inadequate progress in managing radioactive water at its wrecked Fukushima atomic plant, which is distracting it from other important challenges, an adviser to the company said.
An advisory panel to Tokyo Electric Power Co. urged the utility to tighten water-management procedures at its crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant weeks before 300 metric tons of radioactive water seeped out, the panel’s chairman said.
Decommissioning the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant would be better handled by a separate entity, leaving its operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. to focus on its core business of generating electricity, advisers to the company said.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. has pledged to establish nuclear safety rules that “meet or exceed” national guidelines, as the operator of the wrecked Fukushima atomic station seeks restarts at one of its idled plants.
Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant, could have prevented the nuclear accident in 2011 if it had been prepared enough for the natural disaster, the chief of the company’s reform committee said.
The crippled nuclear plant at Fukushima is losing its two-year battle to contain radioactive water leaks and its owner emphasized for the first time it needs overseas expertise to help contain the disaster.
Toshiba Corp.’s Westinghouse Electric won majority support for the design of its AP1000 reactor from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, even as the members were feuding publicly over the panel’s leadership.