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Anger mounts at Fukushima plant operator over radiation leaks


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Anger mounts at Fukushima plant operator over radiation leaks

Anger is growing at the operators of Fukushima, as an increasing number of reports indicate that Japan’s crippled nuclear plant does not have radiation risks under control.

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which runs Fukushima, admitted on Monday that contaminated water could be leaking into the sea. The firm had persistently denied that this was the case, despite repeated warnings from nuclear experts and marine biologists.

Dale Klein, Chairman of the Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee criticised the firm for how it has been communicating with the public:

“These actions indicate that you do not know what you’re doing, and that you do not have a plan, and you’re not doing all you can to protect the environment and the people,” Klein told TEPCO.

Naomi Hirose, President of TEPCO, responded saying: “Despite your advice and support, I apologise for not being able to live up to your expectations.”

As criticism of TEPCO mounts, Japan’s National Federation of Fisheries has handed the firm a letter of protest over harm being done to sea life.

Fukushima was severely damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, creating the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

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